As they say: time flies when you’re having fun. This December marks the tenth year that eNotes has been helping students and teachers, and we can hardly believe it. It seems like just yesterday we were all asking Jeeves life’s great questions (and definitely NOT on our flip phones).
We’re cracking opening the eNotes photo album to take a peek back through a decade of education and site transformation.
With a love of learning and literature, our co-founders Alex and Brad officially launched eNotes.com in 2005. “We were both fans of Shakespeare, who is difficult to understand for students…we felt we could help students by putting the text of his plays alongside commentary from an expert,” says Brad.
So, to better help students, the first iteration was a complete site that helpfully aggregated content from a wide variety of sources and bringing it to the World Wide Web for the first time ever.
For several years eNotes succeeded in making professional, academic study materials more easily accessible to the general public…which to this day is still our driving force.
To expound upon that idea, and create a more interactive environment, eNotes launched a Q&A community where knowledge-seekers could easily connect with educators to learn in a more helpful, one-on-one capacity.
Tens of millions of students and teachers later, we are still driven by passion for education, and a penchant for classic literature. Today, eNotes is an even more bustling and thriving community of like-minded learners. As a fully digital company, we’ve been through several website designs, trends, and ideas. Our suite of tools is now complete with more than 30,000 literature study guides, 300,000 homework questions, 10,000 teacher documents, and qualitative essay review.
We’re excited for what the next decade brings us. Maybe eNotes will meet you on your Apple watches, your Google glasses, or some type of (hopefully benevolent) in-home robot helper. Whatever the future may bring, we’re excited to continue the journey of learning and knowledge with you.