From humble beginnings, ATAR Notes has grown to become one of the largest independent publishers of high school study materials in Australia. Our publishing team of passionate educators and subject experts are driven by a desire to provide affordable, high-quality resources that unlock students’ confidence and capabilities.
We are for students, by students. As such, our range of books is constantly growing thanks to high-achieving recent graduates who share in our belief that knowledge shines brightest when it is shared! This also gives our books a unique blend of clear and concise content with the voice of someone who has excelled in their studies and knows exactly what it takes to do well.
How we started
In 2015, we held our first free lecture series. These sessions were presented by some of Australia's top recent Year 12 graduates who had been volunteering their time answering questions on the ATAR Notes website. We wanted to offer students a set of revision notes to accompany the lectures – something more succinct, approachable, and affordable than a textbook.
We asked these recent graduates to look back at their own subject summary notes, to collate their best tips and tricks, and create the kind of resource they wished they’d had themselves.
We started off with just 7 subjects, and these sold out almost instantly! Soon, word started to spread, and we had students asking to buy our books outside of the lecture events, and for a wider range of subjects. From there, we opened our online store, began stocking our titles with academic booksellers, and expanded to cover as many subjects as possible.
Our growth within and across states has always been driven by this student demand, and we are proud to work with so many talented young people to increase the accessibility of education.
Where we are today
In the years since, we have been constantly expanding our range of books. ATAR Notes now offers:
- Complete Course Notes: summarise content from the syllabus that you need to know for tests and exams, all from the perspective of a recent high-achieving graduate.
- Topic Tests: combine original practice questions and specially selected materials from past examinations, plus fully worked solutions and detailed explanations - ideal for test and exam revision.
- Text Guides: summarise and analyse prescribed texts, featuring high-level vocabulary and A+ calibre sample essays.
We now have over 200 books thanks to a dedicated team of editors and authors. Each year, students from over 2,000 schools across Australia will use our books to help them study, and our titles are sold in over 100 bookstores across the country.