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Okay…so on this page, there are two buttons you’ll grow to know and love.
First is the Shmoop logo, which will always deliver you straight back here to the homepage. [Arrow points to shmoop logo]
This other one…the login button…will log you in…then turn into your user name.
Click that puppy, and you’ll be whisked away to your profile, i.e.
Now we’re cookin’ with gas.
Click on “AP,” then scroll down and click on “AP Exam Prep.” [Mouse cursor clicks on AP Exam prep]
When a student logs on for the first time, they’ll be prompted to take a diagnostic exam.
This exam will help them determine their strengths and…their not-so-strengths.
They’ll be provided with answer explanations, links to drills, topic review, videos, you
They can spend as much or as little time as they want…or as much or as little time as
you tell them to…on topic review… …brushing up on areas that have given them
As soon as they feel prepared for battle, it’s off to drill questions…which will [Mouse cursor clicks drills tab]
help them get a feel for the types of questions they’ll see on the test.
Okay…so now we can click on “Practice Exams”.
Yep…that’s because we’re totally aligned to the AP tests.
We try to recreate the best test-taking experience as much as possible, so they know exactly
what to expect.
That includes a timer on the right-hand side, so they can get a sense of how much time they’ll [Arrow points to timer]
have to answer everything.
If you’re not a fan of the timer, you – and you alone – have the option to disable it…but
we think it helps students a ton when it comes to time management.
Also, because there are free-response questions on some of the AP exams…you’ll find the
same on Shmoop’s practice version.
Once again, to create an accurate simulation of the test-taking experience, we’ll provide
your students with a prompt and then have them hand-write their essay response, to be [Instructions highlighted for exam prep]
handed in to you.
As soon as a student clicks “Done,” they’ll immediately be presented with examples of
some quality responses to the given prompt, so they can at least have an idea of whether
or not they were on the mark.
And to give you a helping hand, we’ll provide you with a rubric that can be used to help
grade those essay responses.
The multiple choice questions will be auto-graded, so a student will be able to see their score… [Arrow points to students raw score]
…but more importantly, they’ll be directed to review and drills that correspond to whatever
questions they got wrong.
You will get the full scoop, of course. [Woman sits down at desk]
By going to your Classroom, you can check out projected and raw scores, raw score versus
time, an answer breakdown, skill breakdown item analysis…whatever is necessary to fulfill your wildest data
analyzing needs and desires.
And because every question is tied to a particular skill, making it easy to see at a glance where
your students are faltering… …you’ll be faced with a much easier task [Example of students breakdown]
targeting instruction time.
Okay, moving on.
Under “Skills Tested,” there are links leading to reviews on whatever area a student
might be struggling in.
In “Review Topics,” you can go specifically to the topic you want to study.
And if you want to test certain skills, there are drills that will target those [Mouse cursor clicks on drill skills]
Assign the ones you feel would be the most helpful.
And many of the AP drills are accompanied by helpful video explanations.
Great for all those visual learners out there.
If we head back to the dashboard and click on the skills tab… [Mouse cursor clicks on dashboard]
…we can see the complete list of skills tied to each question your students have attempted.
We can see if they’ve progressed or regressed...with links to review guides.
And all this stuff is student-led.
In other words, they can see their progress and be proactive about smoothing out their
rough edges… …but in the meantime, you’re able to monitor
them and target instruction time based on their results. [Red box highlights instructions for students results]
If your appetite for all things Shmoop has been whetted and you’re hungry for more…
…check out links to other helpful vids in the section below this video. [Man burps]
Or just poke around on the site and do some exploring.
Just please leave everything where you found it.