FAQ

What is Academic Wilds?

Academic Wilds helps students achieve better grades by enabling greater access to educational materials. On Academic Wilds, students can find course notes, exam answers and video lectures. By providing these resources online, Academic Wilds gives students the convenience of being able to choose when and how they study for their courses, whether at school or from home.

Academic Wilds also helps motivated students perform to the best of their abilities by supplementing their education with high quality course materials from the top institutions in the world, such as Harvard and MIT. Students can also teach their peers by providing feedback, and uploading their own work.

Student creations are products of a great amount of thought, creativity and effort. Instead of being hidden or discarded, Academic Wilds allows these creations to be shared so that current and future learn more effectively.

Why should I upload content?

Academic Wilds is a user-driven resource that thrives on the contributions of its members. Whether they are contributing course notes, or just a simple comment, contributions by members are invaluable to other users of the resource.

By contributing to Academic Wilds, you are sharing your knowledge with your friends, your classmates, and fellow students, both present and future. And, the more knowledge you share, the more likely everyone will share their knowledge with you.

By uploading your work, you become the professor. As the old saying goes, the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. On Academic Wilds, students can teach their knowledge to the entire world. You also get feedback and credit for your work in the form of comments and ratings (see below "How does the rating system work?"

Who can be a member of the community?

At the moment, students who are currently enrolled in a program or courses at a higher-education institution (college, university, community college, technical institute, etc.), or were enrolled in the past year, can be part of the community.

Students must have a valid institution email address in order to access the community.

Are there any charges or fees associated with being a member of the community?

No. Academic Wilds believes that education should be available to everyone with an interest in learning, free of charge.

How can I make a donation to Academic Wilds?

Academic Wilds accepts donations via PayPal. If you would like to make a donation, please click here. Please note that as Academic Wilds is not a charity, and tax receipts for any donations made will not be issued.

Your donation will be used to pay for the costs of providing the Academic Wilds services, maintaining the host servers and providing bandwidth, and making sure that students are given the best possible experience while using Academic Wilds.

What kind of materials can I upload to Academic Wilds?

Users are encouraged to upload anything that they feel might help their fellow students out along the path to higher education, including course notes, exams and answers, assignments, essays and links to recorded video lectures. The following file formats are supported: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pdf, YouTube video links.

What is Academic Wilds’ policy on academic integrity?

Academic Wilds respects academic integrity. Members of the community are encouraged to upload and utilize academic materials in accordance with the policies of their home institutions. While Academic Wilds will never give your information out to an institution or otherwise, please be aware that the sharing of course materials may be prohibited at your institution, or in a particular course, or by a particular professor.

Academic Wilds strives to foster a learning environment that is creative, collaborative, open, respectful and fair. Please do not upload academic materials such as exam answer keys that have been leaked or stolen, or assignment answer keys to assignments that are due in the current session.

Please use Academic Wilds for learning, sharing and teaching, not cheating.

How does the rating system work?

Every submission on Academic Wilds can be rated by any member of the community. Submissions are rated by selecting the number of Stars that corresponds with the desired rating. As a rough guide, stars may be thought of as percentage grades according to the scheme below:

  • 1 Star: 0-24.9%. Poor. Submission is of very bad quality, is off-topic, or obviously wrong. The lowest possible rating. You may wish to consider reporting the submission.
  • 2 Stars: 25 – 49.9%. Acceptable. Submission is on-topic, has some merit to it, but is not particularly useful.
  • 3 Stars: 50 – 74.9%. Average. Submission gets to the root of the issue, but leaves room for improvement.
  • 4 Stars: 75 – 89.9%. Great. Submission is of high quality, is clear, concise and on-point.
  • 5 Stars: 90 – 100%. Outstanding. Submission is of the best possible quality. It does everything you wanted it to, and more. The author deserves a real pat on the back for this one!

Each rating that a member of the Academic Wilds community receives on a submission will be added to a total for that member. Once a member’s has received five (5) rates, the member’s average rating will appear on that member’s profile.

Members are also ranked according to the weighted average of their submission ratings.

What about Copyright?

Please see our section on Copyright, here.

I still have more questions, or I want to leave feedback for Academic Wilds.

At Academic Wilds, we're happy to receive feedback from our valued members, or to answer any additional questions you may have. To leave us a message, please fill out the Contact Us form here (LINK TO: Contact page). Be sure to include your name, a way to reach you, and the nature of your feedback.