SAT Test Reminder—May 4th

Posted by Shmoop on 4/17/19 11:48 AM
May the 4th be with you. Feel free to binge  Star Wars  after the test. You will have earned it. 


  • SAT Test Date: May 4th 
  • Start Time: 8 a.m. (recommended 7:45 a.m. arrival)
  • Scores available: May 17th 
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Topics: Test Prep

The AP Seder Plate

Posted by Shmoop on 4/16/19 12:45 PM

This Friday is the beginning of Passover and we're celebrating...while we study for the APs that kick off in just a few weeks. Shalom. 

 

Modern Jews celebrate Passover with a Seder—a ceremonial dinner—which commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. During the Seder, the Seder plate holds various symbolic foodstuffs and plays a big part in the rituals.

So while we were procrastinating—er, getting hyped—we decided to see which APs would fit on the Seder plate. Here's what we came up with.

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Topics: Literature, Updates

You Smarter Than a Shmooper?

Posted by Shmoop on 4/14/19 10:30 AM

Ready to test yourself to see if you're smarter than a Shmooper? We've gathered four questions (and answers—you're welcome) from some of our favorite premium online courses and test prep. 

Be warned, though: some are tougher than others. If you get stuck or want to learn more about the topic covered in the question, simply click the link to go to the course.*

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Topics: Literature

6 Fun Tax-Related Facts

Posted by Shmoop on 4/10/19 12:36 PM

It's April. We've turned our clocks forward and eaten Creme Eggs 'til we puked, but it doesn't feel like spring has truly sprung until the first tender growth bursts from the frozen ground, claws its way out of the soil, and takes about a third of your income.

 

We're talking about the IRSWhat is the IRS?

 

 

The tax deadline's coming up, but to help you procrastinate until the absolute last minute, we've compiled a list of tax-related fun facts that you don't have to declare on your 1040EZ.  

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Topics: Updates

How Do I Get Into The University of Pennsylvania?

Posted by Shmoop on 4/9/19 12:13 PM

Founded by none other than Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania (a.k.a UPenn or Penn) is an Ivy League school with a reputation for serious scholarship.

 The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Analysis

If you feel like you can keep up with some of the world's brightest (and you're a Shmoop reader, so the odds are in your favor), then Penn might be the school for you. Getting into this top-dog Ivy, though, is no small feat. You're going to need smarts, writing skills, stellar extracurriculars, great relationships with your teachers, a close personal relationship with Felicity Huffman, and a beautifully designed, informative website that provides life-altering information for potential college applicants (Who? Us? Aww, don't make us blush). 

 

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Topics: College Prep, perfect score, college admissions, ivy league, college application, upenn, pennsylvania

Are You Smarter Than a Shmooper?

Posted by Shmoop on 4/7/19 10:45 AM

Ready to test yourself to see if you're smarter than a Shmooper? We've gathered four questions (and answers—you're welcome) from some of our favorite premium online courses and test prep. 

Be warned, though: some are tougher than others. If you get stuck or want to learn more about the topic covered in the question, simply click the link to go to the course.*

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Topics: Literature

17-minute Distractions for APs

Posted by Shmoop on 4/3/19 12:17 PM

AP® exam week can leave you feeling like a hamster that's had its feet hot-glued to an exercise wheel. So...how do you make it through the AP week coming up? Our suggestion: treat your studying like it's a real job.

Uh, no, we're not going to pay you to study. What we mean is that you should approach studying the same way most productive employees approach their work. In 2014, a study found that people are most productive when they work for 52 minutes and then take a 17-minute break. (Talk about specific.)

Drawing a blank on what to do during your breaks? We came up with ideas for productive(ish) 17-minute distractions for each of the remaining APs.

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Topics: Updates

12 April Fools' Day Tricks from History

Posted by Shmoop on 4/1/19 10:30 AM

April Fools' Day has a long, storied history. Archeologists recently discovered a cave painting in western Asia depicting a caveman dressed in the skin of a saber-toothed tiger sneaking up on another to scare him for laughs. Dating back to 38,000 BCE, this prank began an annual tradition roughly translated into English as Stupid Tiger Day. 

The yearly ritual of tricking our friends, neighbors, and younger siblings has thrived for millennia since. And in recent years, it has taught us a valuable lesson: you shouldn't trust a single thing you read on the internet.

So, before you start planning your pranks for Monday, let's look back at some famous tricks, gags, and general April Foolery throughout history. 

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Topics: Updates

Are You Smarter Than a Shmooper?

Posted by Shmoop on 3/31/19 11:33 AM

Ready to test yourself to see if you're smarter than a Shmooper? We've gathered four questions (and answers—you're welcome) from some of our favorite premium online courses and test prep. 

Be warned, though: some are tougher than others. If you get stuck or want to learn more about the topic covered in the question, simply click the link to go to the course.*

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Topics: Literature

Crunch-time ACT Tips

Posted by Shmoop on 3/28/19 12:09 PM

Our calendars are telling us that a few Saturdays from now will be a big day for a bunch of you. That's right: it's ACT test day.


With a couple weeks left to study, you probably know everything there is to know about the content of the exam (...right?), so we're here to arm you with five Shmoop-certified tips to ACE the ACT:

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Topics: Test Prep, Updates

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