Chegg to offer free study help as finals loom

By Phoebe McPherson
On November 27, 2012


The start of classes after Thanksgiving means that winter break and the end of the semester is right around the corner. The library starts to become busier each and every day, signaling projects, papers and the season of finals.

Chegg, an online academic hub, helps students through their homework, offers online textbooks and awards scholarships. For the third year in a row, the site is seeking to help students ease the workload in the time that leads up to final exams. From Dec. 3-9, the company is offering free study help 24 hours a day, seven days a week in what company is calling "Chegg Study Week."

 "[Students] can come in during that time and essentially study for finals for free," said Chegg Communications Manager Angela Pontarolo. "[Chegg] includes textbook solutions that range from a whole slue of books. They can access an archive of 2.5 million questions." 

Experts will answer questions in select subject areas and step-by-step solutions to textbook problems will be posted and displayed. The site allows students to ask up to 15 questions per week.

This service is in its third year of host 15 questions per week.

This service is in its third year of hosting a study week. It was started to help students as they returned to school from Thanksgiving vacation and realized that finals are upon them. 

"It's primarily for the math and sciences," Pontarolo said. The site mentions offering experts in "math, science, engineering, business and more."

Because the site is based on students looking up textbook answers and asking questions, it isn't necessarily useful for English majors or students writing papers. 

"In terms of essays, [it's] not geared towards that," she said. 

Advertisement of the service has been a challenge, as well. 

"We're advertising through PR, pushing it out socially," Pontarolo said. "We're relying on online advertisement." 

UNH freshman Brianna Stoyle was previously unfamiliar with the service; however she is a perfect candidate as she said she takes many science-based courses.

After discovering Chegg, she seemed excited. "I think it sounds really helpful," she said. "Really cool." 

Emma Passaretti is a biomedical major who often studies with flashcards for finals. 

"I come up with more [questions] as I'm reviewing," she said. She will be using Chegg Study Week to help her find answers to questions. "Definitely just because I'm in the sciences," she said. 

Super-senior Anya Bean had never rented books nor known about the online study help from Chegg.

"If it's accessible, yeah," she said. "I will for sure use it, I just didn't know anything about it." 

This free virtual studying service isn't for all college students, though. A select few schools across the country were chosen to participate. 

"Schools were chosen across the nation on primarily a location basis and a size basis," Pontarolo said. Including the University of New Hampshire, only 100 schools were chosen. Among those chosen were Arizona State University, Northern Illinois, Ohio State and the University of Oregon. 

Currently, students can sign-in for homework help at:

"Chegg puts students first by providing them with the tools they need to help them save time, save money and get smarter," Pontarolo said. "We really wanted to help students out."  

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