Shmoop Launches Online Courses for High School Students and a ‘High-Grade Fix’ for Breaking Bad Addicts

For students, back to school might mean the smell of sharpened pencils and lined paper, but for Shmoop, back to school smells like pure joy. We’re a digital publisher of content and educational resources for over 7 million unique monthly site visitors and thousands of schools. That means we love dishing out new products and features just in time for students and teachers to feast on as the school year gets started.

Shmoop’s Mirthfully Original Online Courses Are Here

Over the summer, Shmoop’s greatest minds and Chef de cuisines gathered together to determine how to create the perfect recipe for online courses that work. Using the highly scientific diagram below, we’ve created dozens of Common Core-aligned online courses inspired by the “best cuts” of Shmoop, including:

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  • Hilarious Original Content
    Humor is the academic WD-40 we squirt on the educational tracks to make learning more fun, relevant, and accessible. So rest assured, all our content—from U.S. History to Modernist Literature to How to Write a Resumé—will have the same Shmoopy aftertaste as the literature guides and test prep resources you know and love.
  • Common Core Compliant
    Want to get published in The New Yorker? Vanity Fair? Well, Shmoop’s Common Core-aligned course on the Five-Paragraph Essay can’t help you. But we can promise to teach you to write spectacularly and nab that elusive A. Hey, we all gotta start somewhere. Check out more Common Core-aligned courses here.
  • Activities, Rubrics, & Teacher Notes
    This one we cooked up just for teachers! Shmoop’s online courses have activities, grading rubrics, quizzes, and individual diagnostics so that teachers are equipped with everything necessary to make Jedi Masters out of their Padawans—er, students.
  • Adaptable, Accessible, Affordable
    For a fraction of the price (and the weight) of a textbook, teachers and students can access high-quality, engaging content from anywhere in the world.

Go on and sample an online course from our fabulous menu of courses today!

Breaking Bad: Your Fix Of High-Grade SHMOOC

Step aside, Shakespeare. Breaking Bad is in town.

This Emmy-winning show is cleaning up on all sides, winning the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Even the Guinness World Records took it on, granting it the title of highest-rated TV series in history. This might explain why people have been nailed to their Netflix accounts for months, burning through all five seasons like it was Heisenberg’s Blue Sky. Don’t worry, Shmoop’s been there—and we’ve written academic papers about it, to boot.

Just in time for the series finale, Shmoop is releasing a 15-lesson course analyzing the beans out of this show: everything from Breaking Bad as a classical tragedy; the undertones of Shakespeare, Nietzsche, and Kafka; its visual symbolism and clever filming; why people hate Skyler; and everything in-between.

So whether you’re just a casual fan or a theory-crafting addict, become the kingpin of Breaking Bad knowledge before saying goodbye to it all on AMC this Sunday.

What You Missed Over the Summer

In order to commemorate Back to School Shmoop style, we created an infographic to catch you up on on the gossip you might have missed over the summer. (Spoiler: Jung sits with Freud now. Awkward.)

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Literature Guides
Game of Thrones finally overthrew The Hunger Games trilogies as the most-read literature summary. It’s not winter, but Katniss should have seen it coming.

Careers
As school ended and some students were out on their tuchus to find a job, they turned to Shmoop’s Career guide to start their journey to becoming adults. Of the top 10 states that visited our Careers page the most, we found it interesting that the Midwest and the South tended to concentrate on government and service-oriented jobs, while the coasts gravitated toward software engineer and, um, President.

College 101
In preparation for college applications, Shmoopers turned to College 101 to research scholarships that appealed to a variety of interests, including science, technology, community service, and… prom dress making. Haven’t started the college search yet? Not to worry! Check out our revamped College 101 page today and take our new quiz to point you in the right direction for everything related to financial aid, applications, and the best college mascots.

Shmoop on All Screens
The results are in: iPhones win the popularity contest over Android devices as the device of choice for Shmoopers. We saw a near 200% increase in visits to our site via a mobile phone, and nearly 3 out of 4 of those visits were from an Apple-produced phone.

Not to brag, but..
Huge shout out to Indio High School, who added a dose of Shmoop into their AP classrooms in 2011 and saw 5x more AP scholars in 2013 vs. the year they started with us. Their teachers deserve most of the credit, as they also took the school from the chronically underperforming list to a Top High School Silver Award Winner from US News & Reports! Hip hip hooray!

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