5 Things to Know About Purim

Posted by Shmoop on 3/19/19 11:00 AM

Everyone's pretty solid on what Easter is all about: Jesus and bunnies. But fewer people know the deal with Purim. (Spoiler alert: it's not just "Jewish Halloween.") So, as per uzh, we're here to fill you in. Here's the rundown.


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5 Foolproof* Ways to Score a 5 on Your AP Exams

Posted by Shmoop on 3/12/19 11:10 AM

 'Tis the season to be panicky. Yep, we're talking about AP® Season. But you can beat the anxiety. And you can do it without prescription medication. 

 

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Topics: Test Prep, Updates

7 Things That Are Less Fun Than Taking the SAT

Posted by Shmoop on 3/6/19 11:35 AM

We know, we know. Test day is the worst. But reality check: it could be way worse. Like...you could have to take the test while running a marathon with your feet tied to cheese graters.

While you prepare to take the SAT® this Saturday, here's a list of equally-bad-or-worse activities you could have on your to-do list. We hope they'll put things in perspective.

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Topics: Test Prep, Updates

10 Women Who Changed U.S. History

Posted by Shmoop on 3/5/19 11:00 AM

If you've been forgetting your weekly #WCW or you missed out on your Galentine's Day brunch, then you're in luck. March means Women's History Month, so you have a full thirty-one days to make up for your slacktivism. 

While there are obviously more than enough women to fill the whole month (plus every other month from now until the end of time), we want to highlight just a few. They might not all agree when it comes to ideology—and you might not agree with them—but they do have one thing in common: they're women warriors. 



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Test Your Dr. Seuss Knowledge

Posted by Shmoop on 2/28/19 10:45 AM

You've purchased twenty-seven copies of Oh, the Places You'll Go! to give as graduation gifts...but when's the last time you actually read a book by Dr. Seuss? Did you know his birthday is this weekend, March 2nd? Do you even know this guy at all

 

As you look back on your high school career (or look forward to whatever's left of it), why not take a nostalgic road trip through Seussville? As it turns out, there's more to Dr. Seuss than meets the eye.

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5 Tips for Conquering Procrastination

Posted by Shmoop on 2/26/19 11:23 AM

We dare you to list a hundred things that are more exciting than studying.

Nope. Stop. That was a trick.

You were supposed to say, "I'm too busy studying to play your stupid game." But you didn't. So...if you're worried that your procrastination skills are sharper than your study skills, then this one's for you.

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Who Shmoop’s NOT Inviting to Thanksgiving Dinner—Sorry, Holden Caulfield.

Posted by Shmoop on 11/21/18 10:30 AM

Shmoop counts down the 10 most ungrateful literary characters who are persona non grata for this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving is a time to put aside all of your familial angst in the name of deliciousness, but after a hard day in the kitchen, Shmoop isn’t about to share with anyone who can’t spare a compliment to the chef.

Since Shmoop prefers its dinners to be low-drama and its guests thankful, here is Shmoop’s list of literary characters who will not be getting an invite this year. Shmoop’s ranked them from 10—allowed in if they bring a green bean casserole—to 1—never allowed in, even with a gourmet brined turkey. No offense, guys. It’s just that Peeta Mellark can both bake bread and say, “Thank you.” Maybe next year!

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Shmoop Helps Indio High Schoolers Boost ACT Scores

Posted by Shmoop on 5/30/13 12:48 PM

Improving student test scores on the ACT* exam may not be as difficult as it can seem. As it turns out, the recipe for success could be as simple as one short step: “Just add Shmoop.”

At Indio High School in Indio, California, Assistant Principal Charles Mazet has noticed some striking improvements in ACT exam performance since Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, was first introduced to classrooms. Students also look taller, seem to have developed better posture, and appear to have shinier hair.

(Disclaimer: Not directly related to the use of Shmoop, although it probably doesn't hurt.)

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Shmoop Explains Literary Critics in New Educational Guides

Posted by Shmoop on 5/23/13 10:04 AM

It’s no secret: literary critics are tough nuts to crack. Most of them are long gone, and all they’ve left behind is a bunch of mumbo jumbo that even the most intellectual tweed-wearer has a tough time deciphering. But these smartypants brought about new ways of reading old books, and they’re definitely worth a closer look.

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Shmoop Offers New Self-Serve System

Posted by Shmoop on 4/25/13 10:29 AM

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when a person patronizing a frozen yogurt establishment would have to ask some goober behind the counter to prepare their dessert for them. Now, of course, one can fill their cup with whatever (and as many) flavors as they desire, load it up with a sickening combination of Butterfinger, gummy worms and Cap’n Crunch cereal, and then top it off with a half-pint of caramel syrup. Mmm … freedom is delicious.

The point is that things are simply better when it can be done without anyone else butting in. One gets that warm, comforting sense of accomplishment, and can revel in the convenience and flexibility of his or her own decision-making.

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