This website is a nice way to pick up a little extra cash, but I too love the bits and pieces of knowledge I pick up when researching and answering questions. I feel that while I'm making a little extra money, I'm also broadening my horizons.
This is a great website. It is so full of great resources and it can also be trusted. Editors are professionals who know their stuff. There are also great lesson plans that teachers can use in their own classrooms.
I wish I would have found this site in college. I would have loved the document sharing area, if for nothing more than ideas for different kinds of activities and test questions... trying to write lesson plans from scratch is tough, especially before having any real classroom experience with how things will go.
I definitely recommend this as a great resource for secondary education majors.
You are able to ask questions that will be answered by professionals who know their subjects. You can answer questions yourself; and if you desire to become a paid contributor, you can submit the proper request, answer a few posts, and hopefully be accepted. You can also contribute to discussion posts, use eNotes resource materials and lesson plans, and even write synopses for the various literary works.
This website offers great material for a variety of learners. You have instructors collaborating, students getting the gaps in their instruction filled, and research material beyond imagination.
The research ability is my most specific feature I point out to students. If you google something, you end up with tons of listings, not really knowing how pertinent they will be to your topic. But if you research within enotes for an academic topic, you find your information quickly, it's credible, and it is appropriate. If you can't find it right away, ask a question. The experts post it quickly.
Play with the links and searches and see what you can find. It is very user friendly.
I found this site years ago and started off using it to supplement my teaching units. Then, I became an editor where I enjoy helping answer the questions of students and enter into stimulating discussions with students and teachers alike. It's fun to continue learning, but I also enjoy sharing the knowledge I have accrued over my lifetime. I am of the mindset that once you stop learning, you have stopped living. I don't intend to ever stop "living" while I still have breath on this earth.
I also use this website as a jumping-off place for student discussions. I often refer to this website in class and encourage my students to post questions, get involved in online discussions, and use the site for research. The vocabulary and writing workshops on this site are very helpful to them, and helps me make my students more responsible for their own learning.
I sort of stumbled across the site from a link on facebook and have started using it pretty heavily once I was approved as an editor. I saw it as a nice way to pick up some extra money, and I've actually really enjoyed tracking down some of the answers to questions I don't know. I've ended up reading quite a few short stories and other things in order to answer questions, so it has been more useful than I thought in terms of motivating me to do some extra reading.
I've also just enjoyed sharing some of the things I've learned and been taught in quite a few years of being in school and now teaching. I like to think that the more resources that students have to get help, the better so I enjoy the opportunity to be of help and, like I said, pick up a few extra bucks on the side.