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.

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Just in Time for Easter and Passover, Shmoop Launches New Bible Resources and Math Shack Easter Eggs

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Shmoop introduces a new course on the Torah, updates its Bible learning guides, and hides math game bonuses for Passover and Easter.

Shmoop, the digital curriculum site that over 10 million high school visitors depend on each month, has just released new resources for Passover and Easter. Whether students are looking for a deeper understanding of the Torah or Bible, or just want to start an online Easter Egg hunt for hidden prizes, Shmoop has learning tools for everyone.

New Bible Resources

While students might be tempted to learn about the Bible from movies like The Prince of Egypt or musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, nothing beats the source material. However, given that students have a hard enough time understanding Shakespeare, mastering a book that was written over a millennium ago can be a tough task. Thankfully, Shmoop has the resources to make the Bible relevant to even the most stubborn student.

Shmoop’s new online course on the Torah demystifies the Hebrew Bible with lectures, activities, and discussion questions that take students step-by-step from Genesis through Deuteronomy. By the end, students will know some of the greatest stories ever told—and how those stories still affect them today.

In addition to Shmoop’s new course, Shmoop’s given its existing Bible Learning Guides a makeover so that understanding the #1 bestselling book of all time is easier than ever. From the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible to the New Testament, Shmoop breaks down every proverb and parable so that students get what’s going on and see how it applies to literature and modern-day life.

Free Math Shack: Easter Eggs Inside!

Math Shack, Shmoop’s online math study tool, is now 100% free for all middle and high school students. Math Shack allows students to practice an infinite number of auto-generated math problems in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. Shmoop’s Math Shack is not only unlimited and addictive; it’s also Common Core-aligned, easy to share, and a simple way to track math mastery. Plus, Math Shack is easily adaptable to any computer lab, classroom, or study hall environment.

The new Math Shack brings even more bells and whistles to the game with the ultimate in tracking, mastery, and fun:

  • Common Core-Aligned Topics. Each question is tagged with a Common Core Standard, which links to Shmoop’s Common Core page so that students can read along and see which skills they’re practicing, or jump ahead of the curve for next year by practicing different topic areas on Math Shack.
  • Mastery Tracking. Students can see how they’re performing—by topic and subject—through an easy color-coded system. That way, they can quickly identify gaps and drill into areas of weakness, making it easy to track preparation for Common Core assessments.
  • Easter Eggs and Competitions.Shmoop is known for making learning fun, and Math Shack is no exception. Not only do students get to compete against their personal best; they can also compete against each other. Students can earn points (‘Shmoints’) and see who can get the most, adding friendly rivalry to the daily math grind. In addition, Shmoop has added in special “Easter Eggs,” like extra Shmoints for certain topics and a rocketship blaster math game.

Students and teachers can get started on their math mastery and search for their Easter Egg bonuses on Shmoop’s Math Shack site.

 

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help teachers help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop sees over 8 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.

College Board Announces Huge New SAT Changes

After as much anticipation as a Hunger Games movie, the College Board finally announced the major changes they’ll be making to the 2015 PSAT and 2016 SAT. David Coleman, College Board President, said the changes are being made to better align to students’ high school curriculum and really show what students have learned and how that will apply to their prospective college classrooms.

So what’s in store? Shmoop’s here to break it down:

  •  No more penalty for guessing. If students don’t finish in time, they can fill in “C” all the way down without fear of retribution.
  • No more ten-dollar words. The College Board finally has seen the Shmoopy light: just because a word has seven syllables doesn’t mean it should be used to determine how smart you are. Vocabulary is meant to help us communicate, so the SAT will replace words like “depreciatory” with words students actually use, like “empirical.”
  • Optional essay. If students do choose to write an essay, they’ll be asked to analyze a passage and explain how the author made his or her argument.
  • Welcome back to the perfect 1600. Now that the essay’s gone semi-sayonara, scores will once again be out of 1600, with 800 each for reading and math.
  • Sourcing source documents. Students will be asked to use source documents from science, social studies, and American history (hello, Declaration of Independence!) to answer questions.
  • Math Refocus. Questions will be focused on linear equations, complex equations/functions, and ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning. Also important to know: calculators will only be allowed on part of the math section. Time to break out that abacus!
  • Both digital and paper formats. Welcome to the technological revolution!

Given that there are over half a dozen bullet-points on that list, Shmoop understands that students (and teachers) need a steady hand to hold in these confusing times. Thankfully, this isn’t the first time Shmoop has had to revamp its Test Prep to meet new standards.

Here’s why students and teachers can continue to count on Shmoop:

  • We’ve faced test changes before promptly and with aplomb. Shmoop already updated its AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Spanish Language exams, and Shmoop made sure students had a full school year to use its new study materials.
  • We build our resources to keep up with the times. Just like how Shmoop’s Online Courses and Teaching Guides are auto-tagged with their appropriate Common Core Standards, Shmoop’s SAT Math Shack is built to respond to the new, just-announced Math section.
  • We never stop innovating. Even when the SAT was offering the same-old, same-old, Shmoop was never standing still. Over the past year, Shmoop’s SAT has built out our Math Shack, Math Shack Assignments, and have constantly been tweaking our materials to offer you the best review, best drills, and best practice exams.

That said, stay tuned for Shmoop’s SAT: The Sequel. We promise it’ll be even better than the original.