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SAT Test Reminder—June 1st

Posted by Shmoop on 5/7/19 12:26 PM
Here is your friendly Shmoop reminder that there's an SAT test coming up. We're sure you've probably already got it circled on your calendar with hearts and rainbows, but...just in case. 
 
 

  • SAT Test Date: June 1st
  • Start Time: 8 a.m. (but get your butt there at 7:45 a.m.)
  • Scores available: July 10th 
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Topics: Test Prep

Are You Smarter Than a Shmooper?

Posted by Shmoop on 5/5/19 9:55 AM

Below are four questions and answers taken from Shmoop's premium online courses. These questions are of varying degrees of difficulty. If you get stuck or want to learn more about the topic covered in the question simply click the associated link to go to the course.*

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Topics: Literature

May These 6 Star Wars Facts Be With You

Posted by Shmoop on 5/1/19 12:53 PM

May 4th is this weekend, which means Star Wars fans across the galaxy are getting ready to hashtag like crazy: #maythefourthbewithyou. But what about the people who've never found the fifteen-and-a-half hours to watch all seven Star Wars movies? Worry, do not. We've got you covered. These facts will impress even your friends who wear shirts that say "Han Shot First."

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Topics: Literature, Updates

6 Easy Ways to Get Your Brain in Shape for AP® Exams

Posted by Shmoop on 4/30/19 11:56 AM
At a time when an impressive extracurricular load and a seriously moving sob story still can't get you into your dream school, schedule strength can be what separates you from the pack. The more APs, the better. Lucky for you, there are 34 of them to choose from. And even luckier, Shmoop has   in-depth prep  for every single one.
 


With just over a week 'til go time, we're handing you a few tips to make sure you're ready for the big day—er, days.
 
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Topics: ap exams, Test Prep

Are You Smarter Than a Shmooper?

Posted by Shmoop on 4/28/19 11:15 AM

Below are four questions and answers taken from Shmoop's premium online courses. These questions are of varying degrees of difficulty. If you get stuck or want to learn more about the topic covered in the question simply click the associated link to go to the course.*

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Topics: Literature

New Hope for Congress: Dead Pig Brains Show Signs of Life

Posted by Shmoop on 4/24/19 11:50 AM

The good news? Scientists may have found a way to reanimate dead brain tissue.

The bad news? Scientists may have found a way to reanimate dead brain tissue.

If you're thinking that this is roughly the plot of Frankensteinyou'd be right.

Fortunately, there have (so far) been no successful attempts to revive consciousness in a subject, so we probably don't have to be on the alert for man-eating pig zombies just yet. What scientists have  been able to do is to generate a small degree of cell activity in the brains of pigs who have...bought the farm, i.e. cashed in their chitlins.

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Topics: Literature, Science

The Future of Earth Day: 8 New Celebrations That Are Out of This World

Posted by Shmoop on 4/22/19 12:34 PM

Earth Day—or Mirth Day, as we like to call it—is today. Started in 1970, Earth Day is meant to get everyone on board with saving the environment: planting trees, thinking about renewable energy, recycling our Oreo sleeves...all to delay our inevitable planetary extinction. 

While we were sitting in the dark conserving electricity, we imagined what celebratory days would look like on other planets...you know, if we aren't able to save our own planet and end up colonizing the rest of 'em.

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Topics: Updates, Science

Are You Smarter Than a Shmooper?

Posted by Shmoop on 4/21/19 11:39 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.*

*Premium account required—24-hour free trial available.

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Topics: Literature

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

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