Shmoop Launches Two New Tools to Help Students Get in to the College of Their Dreams

Shmoop’s College Planning Tool and Resume Builder allow students to find the right colleges and prepare their application materials so they can end up where they want to be: at their dream college and ready to land their ideal job.

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There’s no secret formula for students to get in to their dream college, but Shmoop, a digital publishing company that aims to make learning fun, comes close. An entire section of Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com), called College 101, is devoted to providing honest and insightful information to prospective college students, all the way from defining their interests and choosing colleges to preparing the application and finding financial aid.

And now Shmoop has two new tools to make the process even more seamless.

Shmoop’s College Planning Tool asks students a series of questions: Do they want to be Division I athletes? Are they city or country folk? Have they already sold their first startup? And of course, what are their SAT® and ACT® scores? Based on their interests, test scores, and general financial outlook, Shmoop then compiles a personalized list of safety, target, and reach schools. Shmoop also provides cost-effectiveness ratings of these schools to be sure everyone gets the best bang for their buck. Students can then learn more about each school…all within the confines of Shmoop.

Once they’ve chosen which schools they’ll apply to, students will need to prepare killer applications. Shmoop already offers a College Application Essay Lab and dozens of articles about the application process—and now it will help students build their resumes, too. Shmoop’s new Resume Redux is like Mad Libs™ for resumes: students fill in the blanks, and Shmoop spits out a fancy, formatted resume.

With all these tools combined, students who Shmoop are guaranteed* to be accepted by the colleges—and jobs—of their dreams. (*Guarantee not guaranteed.)

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8 New Year’s Resolutions that Would Have Changed Everything

Happy 2015, Shmoopers!

It’s only been a week, and we’re already feeling the pressure of our New Year’s resolutions. So instead of dwelling on our very real and very hard-to-stick-to goals for 2015, we’ve decided to travel to the world of the imaginary.

We’ve come up with a list of New Year’s resolutions that some of our favorite literary characters probably should have made. Sure, these resolutions would have changed the endings…but the stories would’ve been a lot less bleak.

8 New Year’s Resolutions that
Would Have Changed Everything


1. J. Alfred Prufrock
“This year, I resolve to suck it up and just eat the peach.”

2. Winston Smith
“This is the year I conquer my fear of rats.”

3. Captain Ahab
“I vow to get past that whole white whale hang-up I have.”

4. Ethan Frome
“This is the year I move to California.”

5. Meursault 
Cette année: no shooting people on the beach.”

6. Jay Gatsby
“I’ve spent way too many years hung up on Daisy. It’s time to move on.”

7. Winnie-the-Pooh
“Oh bother. I guess this year I’ll try not to stick my head in so many small spaces.”

8. Victor Frankenstein
“This is the year I put aside my passion for science and read a few books instead.”

Can you think of other New Year’s resolutions that would have changed everything? Share them with us on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ShmoopYear.


Quote of the Week

“Some show a smile and some a frown;
Some joy and hope, some pain and woe:
Enough! Oh, ring the curtain down!
Old weary year! it’s time to go.”

~ Robert Service, The Passing of the Year

New resolution: read more poetry.

Shmoop Launches College Profiles and College Majors Outlooks, With a Twist

Shmoop’s new guides to colleges and majors give high school and college students the information they need to make educated decisions about their educational futures.

Every college has its own personality, and Shmoop is here to shine the light on what each school is really like. Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com), a digital publishing company that aims to make learning fun, has launched college profiles with acceptance stats, student body information, and more for top schools across the nation. But there’s a twist: each profile, written by students and alumni of the school, is narrated from the point-of-view of the school itself—picture OK State on OkCupid.

Shmoop’s college profiles tell students all they need to know to choose the right school, from the average SAT® scores of accepted students to the hottest hangout spots on campus. Dig Birkenstocks and environmental ed? Better head to Brown. Excel at almost everything? Princeton might be the right choice. Also included are stats on admitted students, and most importantly, the ruling on which Harry Potter house each school belongs in.

Once students have made it to their dream school, they can use Shmoop’s descriptions and outlooks for various college majors. This information will help them hone their academic interests and give them a look into the crystal ball of the future. Hankering to major in finance? There might be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Want to become a therapist? Expect a rich…internal life. Shmoop gives students the lowdown on what classes they’ll take in each major, but they don’t stop there. They provide students with careful insight about how those classes will affect their future.

With Shmoop’s new sections on College Profiles and College Majors, students are bound to find success—and a few laughs.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years in a row. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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Shmoop Goes Global to the Max with SAT® and ACT® Test Prep Materials in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish

Shmoop has translated its SAT® and ACT® prep into four languages, making it easy for international students and English Language Learners to ace the exam and get into the college of their dreams.

Juniors and seniors returning to the classroom this fall already have one eye on the university of their dreams, and Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com) is ready to help get them there.

Shmoop University, Inc., a digital curriculum company that aims to make learning fun and accessible, has SAT® and ACT® test prep materials for 2014-2015 that are sure to impress students, teachers, and parents alike. Far more affordable than an in-person tutor but just as personal, Shmoop’s SAT® and ACT® prep products include practice exams and drills, vocabulary flashcards, humorous and informative explanations of even the driest math concepts, and much more.

And these products aren’t available just in English. Now Shmoop offers SAT® and ACT® test prep in Arabic, Chinese, and Korean, in addition to Spanish. Students and parents can purchase Shmoop in multiple languages, while schools and districts are eligible for group discounts. Of course, students still have to take the exams in English, so Shmoop presents example reading passages and test questions in English. But explanations of answers to sample test questions along with additional review sections are offered in students’ native tongues. This way, they can quickly figure out what they got wrong on their practice tests and be ready to take home a perfect score on the real thing. Then they’re just an application essay (or four) away from the Ivy League.

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Offering multilingual test prep materials isn’t the only way Shmoop is going global, either. Shmoopers can now enjoy test prep videos with Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish subtitles. Soon to come are literature learning guides in more languages, Common Core Standards and explanations of the Standards in Spanish, and career planning information in Spanish. Shmoop welcomes new users from across the globe—and English Language Learners here at home—into its e-learning community.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years in a row. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.
ACT is a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc.

Shmoop Launches Shmooping Shakespeare: The Ultimate Shakesperience

Shmooping Shakespeare is home to summary and analysis of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, glossaries of words and idioms invented by Shakespeare, and a tool that translates modern English into Shakespearean English.

William Shakespeare has long been considered the greatest writer in the history of the English language. Whether or not you think he’s the real deal, Shakespeare has become a cornerstone of academia for English teachers everywhere. Shmoop University (http://www.shmoop.com), a digital curriculum company working to make learning fun and accessible, knows how much teachers love Shakespeare and, of course, how easy it is for students to hate him. That’s why Shmoop recently launched Shmooping Shakespeare, a place where all Shakespeare resources come together in an attempt to bring the Bard back to life…figuratively speaking.

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Shmooping Shakespeare contains original in-depth analysis of every one of Shakespeare’s plays—except Henry VI, Part 1, but even Shakespeare himself probably forgot he wrote that one. (That’s why there’s Part 2, right?) Hamlet’s insanity might be enough to drive anyone mad, and iambic pentameter sounds like the name of a bad 90s metal band, but Shmoop acts as the WD-40 to Shakespeare’s squeaky hinge: it covers everything from plot summary to character analysis and even manages to dig into themes and symbols in a way that won’t leave drool on the pages.

Shmooping Shakespeare comes armed with other bells and whistles, too. As it turns out, almost everything that English speakers say today, Shakespeare said first. In sections devoted to Shakespeare’s Words and Shakespeare’s Quotes, Shmoop provides explanations of hundreds of words and idioms coined by the Bard—and it’s all neatly and cleverly catalogued at Shmooping Shakespeare.

Last but certainly not least, Shmoop presents the Shakespeare Translator, an endlessly entertaining way of sounding sophisticated, antiquated, and downright silly. The translator tool makes verbs more verbèd and makes adjectives shineth. It can even change current colloquial phrases into elegant(ish) Shakespearean language, all while familiarizing users with Shakespeare’s vernacular.

Shakespeare didn’t top the charts by being an easy read, but Shmooping Shakespeare will give even the most resistant budding Shakespeare scholars a reason to doeth their homework.

Shmoop Offers New Suite of Online Courses, Test Prep, and Learning Guides for 2014-15 School Year

Shmoop’s fresh content will engage students as they get over the back-to-school slump.

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Summer is coming to a close, and everything’s about to kick into high gear again—but not without Shmoop’s help. Shmoop University (www.shmoop.com), a digital curriculum company that aims to make learning fun and accessible, has loads of new content ready for the 2014-2015 school year.

Shmoop’s videos and Learning Guides cover all subjects under the sun. This summer alone, Shmoop released an analysis of Grendel, a guide to the biblical Book of Proverbs, and a first-person online profile for Nietzsche, among hundreds of other free resources.

Teachers will be thrilled to know that Shmoop is upgrading its Test Prep resources to be sure that everything is up-to-date for those ever-changing tests. AP® US History is getting a facelift and, AP® Physics 1 and 2 are joining the club. Also hopping on the bandwagon are dozens of new Common Core-aligned Online Courses, including 6th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra 2, Algebra 1, Geometry, Sociology, 8th Grade Health, HOPE, and several short courses on classic novels.

Speaking of Common Core (and who isn’t?), Shmoop now has a searchable database to help educators find sample assignments and activities tagged to each Standard. Also tagged to Common Core Standards are Shmoop’s new Math Shack sections: 6th Grade Math, Stats and Probability, and Geometry. Math Shack offers infinite math problems, and students and teachers can keep track of their progress as they master each concept.

Throughout the 2014-15 school year, Shmoop will be releasing such courses as AP® English Literature and Composition, Literature in the Media, Contemporary Literature, Career Research and Decision Making, AP® Comparative Government, Psychology, World Geography, and Middle School English.

Students, teachers, and administrators alike will be heading to Shmoop this year as their one-stop shop for education. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

 

Shmoop Presents the Top 10 Books Least Likely to Become Summer Blockbusters

As summer blockbusters roll out, Shmoop compiles a list of books that won’t be hitting the silver screen any time soon.

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The Fault In Our Stars and The Giver know how it’s done, but not every book can be so seamlessly adapted into a summer blockbuster. Shmoop, a digital publishing company aimed to make learning fun and accessible, has put together a list of the Top 10 Books Least Likely to Become Summer Blockbusters.

1. Ethan Frome. Everyone loves an action flick, and Ethan Frome just doesn’t fit the bill. A classic story? Yes. A thrilling, what-will-happen-next suspense thriller? Not so much. Add to that the bleakest of bleak New England winters, and it’s probably best to save this one for a cozy fireside read instead of a night at the cineplex.

2. Atlas Shrugged. Nothing personal, Ayn—it’s just that no one will sit through a 12-hour movie. Unless there are hobbits involved.

3. Plato’s Republic. It may be the foundation of all philosophy ever, but…it’s the foundation of all philosophy ever. Shmoop will be reading this VIP text forever, but it’s definitely not silver screen material.

4. As I Lay Dying. James Franco tried it, and it turned into a straight-to-DVD kind of situation. Sure, Faulkner and his modernist friends did plenty of interesting things with narration, but fifteen narrators are probably too much for Hollywood fans to swallow.

5. Augustine’s Confessions. Shmoop loves reading other people’s diaries as much as the next guy—just not at the movies.

6. “Hills Like White Elephants.” The Breakfast Club pulled off the whole sitting-around-talking shtick, and if anyone has John Hughes’s visionary chops, it’s Ernest Hemingway. But Hemingway’s simple style, which works wonders in writing, isn’t made for the big screen.

7. Cyrano de Bergerac. Two words: beauty sells.

8. The Prince. When The Silmarillion becomes a hit, that’s when The Prince has a chance. Unless folks suddenly want to see a manual hit theaters, Machiavelli’s going to have to wait his turn.

9. Utopia. Now that the world has seen dystopias filled with mystical creatures and crazy plot twists, it’s not likely that crowds will flock to a blow-by-blow description of the ideology behind it all.

10. “The Red Wheelbarrow.” This is more of a challenge…because who doesn’t want to see a 16-word poem turned into a summer blockbuster?

This list isn’t foolproof, of course. Shmoop never would have guessed that Heart of Darkness would make it big as Apocalypse Now, but it turns out the bigwigs can change everything about a book except the names and still call it an adaptation. With that in mind, Shmoop’s money is on The Old Man and the Sea.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.