Erinn Batykefer, MLIS

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Shmoop: Homework Help, Teacher Resources, Test Prep

Click here to visit Shmoop.com

Shmoop is an excellent resource for librarians inundated with teens looking for homework help, or stressed out prepping for SATs and other hellish standardized tests.

I know I would have a terrible time helping a student with a question about hard science– I was a double major in college and I have two advanced degreees, but if you ask me about the first law of thermodynamics, I’m going to have to scramble.

That’s where Shmoop comes in. A quick synopsis from the Shmoop website:

Our mission: To make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age.

Who writes shmoop? We’re educators and experts. We’re from Ph.D. and Masters programs at Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley (and other top universities). The vast majority of our writers have taught at the high school or college levels.

Shmoop allows you to access plain-spoken, and downright funny explanations for all sorts of common study topics, from explanations of fractions and decimals, to study guides for Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, and more test prep modules than you could shake a stick at.

Shmoop includes study guides for Poetry, Literature (+ a separate category for Shakespeare), PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exam prep, History, Civics, Biology, Music, Math, an entire Spanish-language section– and much more!

They also include librarian- and educator-friendly features like:

  • Teacher Resources (these cost money, but not a lot) that include lesson plans and quizzes for particular topics
  • Slideshows of public domain / unrestricted images teachers can use in lessons and students can add to reports
  • Best of the Web collections with Shmoop writers’ favorite sites for learning a topic

Click here to access Shmoop: Homework Help, Teacher Resources, Test Prep.

Follow Shmoop on Twitter: @Shmoop

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One comment on “Shmoop: Homework Help, Teacher Resources, Test Prep

  1. Pingback: YA Poetry Resources « Erinn Batykefer, MLIS

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