Approximately one year ago, a friend told me about a website where study materials, past tests and professor ratings were all combined into one useful package. This website is the widely renowned Koofers.com.
If you are a current or past Virginia Tech student, you probably used Koofers or at least heard of them at some point in your college career. They are very well-known for providing a variety of colleges with a test bank similar to what most fraternities have been using for years. The site was founded in part to provide non-greek students with an online equivalent of these test banks, and it has expanded from there.
A Roanoke Times article stated that Koofers now has “more than 1,000 users at 200 schools, 2,500 users at 100 schools and more than 5,000 users at 40 schools.” I never really thought much about Koofers until I read about its humble start. Most students do not know that Koofers was created and is currently owned by former Virginia Tech students. Their home base of operations resides in two cubicles of a shared workplace in Blacksburg. The three masterminds behind the website are Michael Rihani, Glynn LoPresti and Patrick Gartlan.
One important function to sign up for is the professor reviews, which warn students about what they are getting into with a certain professor or class. The reviews are created by students like you for students like you, so please heed your peers’ advice if you want to avoid potential hazards.
Another major tool the website possesses are document uploads, which most students utilize to add past tests, class notes, practice tests and flashcards for present and future students to use in their studies. The willingness to help other students on the website is what makes it so desirable to have an account. However, there is one problem that a select few see in this tool.
Some professors from Tech and other schools feel that Koofers is a cheating website and nothing more. I will admit that sometimes Koofers is used with intent to distribute dishonest information, but at the same time, you always have to weigh the good against the bad. There are a few times when students decide to be sneaky and pop tomorrow’s test on the website, but that does not truly represent what the Koofers community is about.
When the pros outweigh the cons as it does in this case, there is no reason for professors to be too skeptical. I know that it is their job to show concern towards their material, and that is understandable. You always hear people say that “one person can ruin it for everyone,” but in this case, the critics need to remember that it is one person cheating on the website out of thousands of students willing to help out the rest of the student body.
The Koofers community shows Virginia Tech students coming together for one main cause: to help each other study. It provides a network to help students succeed in classes that some have trouble with. I want to personally thank the owners of Koofers for all that they have given to the Virginia Tech community. This website truly shows how one idea can change an entire community.