Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New and Expanded Free Study Guides from Shmoop

Online study guide provider Shmoop recently released thirteen new study guides. The highlights of the new study guides include Kite Runner, Paradise Lost, and the poem Africa by Maya Angelou. Shmoop has also recently expanded their study guides for Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear.

Shmoop offers more than just summaries of information. If students create an account and log-in, they can use the integrated dictionary to find the meaning of any word in the content they're reading. Students can also create folders where they can store sticky notes of information they record while reading a Shmoop article.

Applications for Education
Shmoop can be a good reference to supplement the reading that students do for your courses. Shmoop's summaries are not nearly long enough to be a replacement for students to rely on instead of doing their assigned readings. As a frame of reference, Shmoop's summaries are shorter than those found in Cliffs Notes or Spark Notes.