Shmoop’s Year in Rewind: 2013

2013, man. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of Prince George Alexander Lewis, it was the age of Miley “Twerking” Cyrus. But most importantly, it was the season of studying, which meant it definitely was the season of Shmoop.

A lot’s happened at Shmoop in the past year. We’re not the little learning guide site of yesteryear anymore; we’re bigger, badder, and better than ever, and it’s all thanks to you. If you ask for it, we’ll build it. That’s just how we roll.

So we’ve put together the ultimate list of what you’ve loved this year at Shmoop. Check below to see if your favorites made the list!

College 101

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70% of Americans view college education as very important, and your embracing of our new College 101 guide makes us think y’all are part of that 70%. We wanted to make a resource that helped students at every step of the process, from deciding where to apply to applying for financial aid to deciding on which school to attend, and we’re so excited that you’ve found it to be as happening as we’d hoped. Your fav page? Personal statements. We personally think you all rock.

Here’s hoping you get into all the places you applied to this spring!

Literature Guides

Screen Shot 2013-12-21 at 11.02.32 PMMaybe it was the movie, maybe it was that dystopian lit is still as hot as ever (see below: Courses), but your top Lit picks this year all were from the Hunger Games trilogy. Go Team Katniss!

Top Literature Guides

  1. Catching Fire

  2. The Hunger Games

  3. Mockingjay

Teacher Guides

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Unlike our Lit Guides, your favorite Teacher Guides aren’t trendy. They highlight those well-loved classics that will never leave the classroom—not even if you tried to pry them away from us with a crowbar.

Top Teacher Guides

  1. The Great Gatsby

  2. To Kill a Mockingbird

  3. Romeo and Juliet

Schools & Districts

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One of our favorite parts of Shmoop is that we work closely with students, teachers, and administrators to help make learning possible. We wanted to make it easier than ever for schools and districts to get the information they need and the products they want, so we launched our Enterprise Site and Self-Serve Check-Out. We also launched our Twitter especially for educators, @Shmoop4Schools, to keep you up-to-date with the latest Shmoop stuff and education headlines.

Essay Lab

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We revamped our Essay Lab this year and boy, did you guys notice! Now complete with a Writing Guide, as well as options for writing literature essays or college personal statements, our Essay Lab is better than ever and, most importantly, more popular than ever. Keep on writing!


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One of our biggest projects this year was getting our Online Courses (aka ShMOOCs) into your waiting hands and eager classrooms. We’ve been floored by your response and can’t wait to bring you even more in the new year!

Top Courses

  1. Dystopian Literature

  2. Writing the College Application Essay

  3. Five-Paragraph Essay

Math Shack

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When we were looking at our Test Prep resources, we realized we wanted to make them even more fun and useful. The answer to this realization? Math Shack, an auto-generating, endless math game where you can master topics and gain Shmoints (and, most importantly, glory). We’re rolling it out into a lot more of our test prep, but those of you who have used our SAT and ACT are already active users and dare we say lovers of the Math Shack.


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Your love of our new ShmoopTube makes us think that this moving pictures business might actually become a thing. With hundreds of videos for Test Prep, Literature, Math, History, and much, much more, ShmoopTube has become your favorite place to get your funny fix.

Top Lit Videos

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  1. The Rocking Horse Winner

  2. To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

  3. Beowulf

Top Math Videos

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  1. Rational/Irrational Numbers

  2. Proving Triangles Congruent

  3. Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Decimals


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This year we finished putting up test prep for every single AP exam. That’s right: whether you wanted to take AP Music Theory or AP Computer Science, Shmoop had the goods. As the AP standards continue to change, you can rely on Shmoop to have your back and give you resources you can trust.

Top APs

  1. AP US History

  2. AP World History

  3. AP Biology

Common Core

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Much like Baby Fish Mouth, the Common Core is sweeping the nation. And given the popularity of our Common Core Resources, you are well off to a great start when it comes to implementing them in the new year. Next year we’ll be breaking down even more Common Core Standards—middle school math, here we come!—so stay tuned.

Did your favorite Shmoop not make the list? Share with us in the comments what you love about Shmoop and what you hope to see in the future. We might just make your dreams come true in 2014!

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