I ran across Shmoop several years ago and for some reason, it didn’t really strike me as something I would use very much. What was I thinking?!? Maybe my kids were a little too young for it then, or maybe they’ve really expanded their content since then. Whatever it was – WOW. They’ve got videos, online courses, lesson plans, literature guides and witty banter galore! The target audience here is high school, although advanced middle schoolers could use much of their stuff. It’s all done with a wicked, slightly irreverent, sense of humor that really appeals to my teen and tween (think love child of Khan Academy and Monty Python). And yet their content is hard core.
There is a lot to see here, folks. Most of it is free, some of it is paid. The online courses, for example, run $77.91 for a semester. See, even their prices are funny! I would start by perusing the Learning Guides section to get a feel for what they offer. Make sure to check out all the little orange tabs across the top – there is a TON of information in each guide. The Literature Guides are just as comprehensive. They also have an awesome essay writing section. Another great resource is all their test-prep stuff. If you have a high school student who is looking at taking the ACT, SAT or any of the AP exams, this would be a great place to start preparing (test prep courses run $20-$30).
Did I mention the career section? Or the college section? Even a section to help you study for your DRIVER’S LICENSE?!? It’s almost too much to take in. Pace yourself. Breathe. Caffeinate.