Brainscape's mission is to help as many people as possible to improve their study effectiveness. As such, we make it completely free to create flashcards, share them with your classmates (or students), and study them (on both the website and the mobile app) using our scientifically proven adaptive learning technology.
But, like all businesses, we have to make money in order to pay our expensive software engineers and designers, to keep making the product more awesome.
You need a Brainscape Pro account to study flashcards that you find on the Brainscape Market, including both (i) flashcards created by other users (where you didn't receive a personal invitation link), and (ii) flashcards created by other publishers.
You may also hit a Pro paywall for certain minor flashcard creation & studying features. You can see all Pro features and pricing here.
We offer renewable subscription tiers for various periods of time (e.g. monthly, annually), as well as a one-time Lifetime access purchase.