Everyone Shmoops: 15 million+ students and teachers served each month.
Over 100,000 Courses, Test Prep Resources, and Learning Guides, armed with gallons of academic WD-40 to make learning easy and fun.
Shmoop Scoop of the Day
Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on this day in 1963. King's call for an end to racism is one of the most memorable speeches of all time—and to think he almost cut the part about having a dream. See, the night before the speech, King asked his aides for feedback. You know, like any good writer would. One of his confidantes suggested he ditch the dream stuff because it was clichéd. Plus, he'd used it in previous speeches. King stuck to his gut and kept it in anyway; the rest is oratorical history.
They like us! We like you!
A TRUSTED SOURCE FOR KNOWLEDGE
Shmoop speaks student, but never at the expense of reliability. All of our original content is written by teachers and experts in each field, and our editorial team is made up of PhDs and teachers from top institutions. All that plus a super-powered Labradoodle makes for a trustworthy and authoritative source that won't put you to sleep.Case Studies
At Indio High School, Shmoop has been crucial in helping students prepare for the ACT exam. They walk into the exam with the confidence that they can be successful. Part of this is because students can work at their own pace, both at school and at home. The Shmoop program also gives them a better sense of the exam through the drills and practice exams—the explanations of why one answer choice was right and the others were wrong helped them gain a stronger understanding of what exactly the ACT exam is looking for.
Asst. Principal Charles Mazet,
Indio High School
I teach 8th grade Social Studies. My classes LOVE your videos, and I've turned a lot of teachers onto Shmoop! I would like to see videos on Early industry, Child Labor, Inventions, Manifest Destiny, Monroe Doctrine, and Immigration. That's a Tall Order, but my students always ask, "Can we Shmoop today?" I like to use videos, student engagement is so high with yours, and the content is correct, educational, entertaining, and terrific!
8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
"Shmoop," you have been my savior for the past four years. Your summaries are detailed and the bullet points are easy to read and understand versus a paragraph format. Your writers are incredible. Their writing is direct and simple with a touch of much needed humor for those dry books teachers force children to read. I occasionally chuckle in front of my computer (or embarrassingly at the school library) when reading a summary about a chapter that I well, was just a tad too lazy to read. The humor is subtle but appropriate and I smile every time I read a passage. Never stop with this sarcastic writing, It. Is. Incredible. I will need you in college next year, to help me with unnecessary reading projects but most of all for that small amount of laughter every tired and overwhelmed student needs.