Shmoop

Website review by Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Clever study materials for teens merge humor and learning.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 18+

Not thoughts but witnessed facts

When I was in high school my counselor was told this was a great website and that it would be a great, quick and easy was for the students especially me to pass. Let me tell you this website sucked. First off over half of the articles they give you aren't about the questions they're about to throw at you. They other half they'll give you a minor description and an example. In most cases I was forced to look it up on google. It claims it is a online school course but it fails to mention over half of the lectures are on another website. Sometimes the website is a 404 error, the website was closed, the website worked but the article they send you to has nothing to do with what you're supposed to be teacher, or very rarely the website actually worked and gave you the information that you needed. They had jokes that were fun to read but if you didn't get the reference you didn't get the joke. That's alright every one has their own preference to what they watch, see, or what they grew up with but it feels like they worked more on the joke than the actual lecture. Google and you tube taught me more about the subjects than the actual online "classroom". You're better off giving your student a packet with google and you tube because more than likely that's what they will use any ways. Also In one of my classes of either health or personal finance one of the questions on the quiz wasn't even fully written. I thought it was a fill in the blank but the answers said other wise. This website is a waste of money and a waste of time but, it has some great references and jokes.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
age 14+

If you just want the study guide for a book buy it on iTunes or Amazon

I’m fine with blended learning and using technology to enhance curriculum. But the website is very ad heavy if you don’t do the subscription. I’m usually just looking for a study guide to help my daughter after she finishes a book for her high school LA class. So instead of subscribing to the website, I just buy the study guide via iBooks. As for the guides themselves, one of the things I appreciate as a parent is that they provide general summaries. In order to be able to write or discuss the book, you still need to have read it. It is written in a dry, witty tone that my daughter enjoys, and it helps jumpstart her memory about what she’s read (She has issues with this.) I can’t really speak about the test prep on the site as we’ve never used it. Anyway I hope this review helps someone.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

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