Don't Let Summer Break Break Your Concentration - Let CliffsNotes.com® Help You Get Ready for Back-To-School

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Let's face it, students don't study the same way that they did 10 years ago, or even one year ago for that matter. Sure, they still use print study aids to prepare for tests, but our market research shows that they want to augment their print studying with online tools. And that's exactly what we're doing at CliffsNotes.com, creating online study aids that students can tap into anytime they want.

helps kids keep up with schoolwork or prepare for the next grade.

Although the lazy days of summer are upon us, succumbing to the mid-summer brain drain (that inevitable learning loss that comes with the lack of educational activities), as featured on "The Today Show," will only hold students back from getting that much needed leg up on the competition. With college admissions more competitive than ever, the summer is no time to take a break from preparing. This is yet another year of historically high numbers of applications at colleges and universities as children of Baby Boomers are graduating in droves, and more and more are heading to college. A study by The Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning reports that all students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. However, their studies also report 56 percent of students want to be involved in a summer program that "helps kids keep up with schoolwork or prepare for the next grade."

With Back-To-School just around the corner, it's important to stay sharp and keep the mind active to start the school year off right. At CliffsNotes.com, students will not only find all of the traditional literature notes on classics like "Catcher in the Rye" and "Macbeth," but now CliffsNotes.com features free tips on how to improve your writing, hints on how to take the most comprehensive notes, and articles on important issues like staying safe on social networking sites. With simplified navigation and improved search capabilities students have everything they need, whenever they may need it. Providing study aids to enable students to be successful whenever, wherever, and however they want--that's the CliffsNotes brand promise.

Not just for students--Now a Teacher's Resource Center

CliffsNotes also understands the important role teachers play in their students' success. With that in mind, this Fall CliffsNotes.com is introducing a Teacher's Resource Center featuring tools and resources designed to help educators utilize CliffsNotes.com to their best advantage and prepare for the school year ahead. With new study aids and helpful tips for making the grade, teachers can guide their students through tricky exams and daunting reading assignments. Teachers will also find helpful literature on creative ways to use CliffsNotes publications in the classroom, information on professional exams, helpful exam calendars and more.

Coming this Fall
Let's face it, students don't study the same way that they did 10 years ago, or even one year ago for that matter. Sure, they still use print study aids to prepare for tests, but our market research shows that they want to augment their print studying with online tools. And that's exactly what we're doing at CliffsNotes.com, creating online study aids that students can tap into anytime they want.

Here is a look at some of the new online products available this Fall from CliffsNotes.com to keep students prepared and ahead of the game:

  •     CliffsNotes TestSuccess ™ -- This innovative online study tool helps students prepare for the AP and SAT exams with a new, easy to use, online course. Each CliffsNotes TestSuccess features a diagnostic test, hundreds of practice problems, full length simulated exams, detailed progress report, and 24 hour access.
  •     CliffsNotes CramCasts ™ --These quick podcasts of the top 10 viewed literature notes on cliffsnotes.com offer a brief summary of a novel or play from start to finish, so students would gain a basic understanding of the plot, characters and key themes.
  •     CliffsNotes AP Digital Flashcards-- These new online study aids for AP US History, AP Biology, AP English Language, AP English Literature will feature 100 free digital flashcards on CliffsNotes.com to help get students started. Each subject also features a set of 1,000 digital flashcards for sale on CliffsNotes.com.

No matter what time of year it is, CliffsNotes' mission remains the same: to bring students trustworthy information written by real teachers and professors to help make the most of study time and help the student comprehend the information in a condensed amount of time. CliffsNotes.com accomplishes this with more than 2,800 new articles, priceless study aids to help students pass all major standardized exams, and study help for all school subjects.

The experience of millions of teachers and students has proven what Cliff knew when he founded CliffsNotes fifty years ago: CliffsNotes are valuable educational tools and can contribute materially to the great end of learning--the heightening of perception and awareness, and living, in Socrates' famous words, "the examined life."
Visit http://www.cliffsnotes.com to stay sharp, all year long.

About CliffsNotes®
Often imitated but never equaled, CliffsNotes are the original and still most widely recognized study guides in use today. Recent research shows that amoung today's students, parents, and adults in general, CliffsNotes have more than double the recognition of the leading competitive study aid brand. A branded imprint of Wiley, CliffsNotes have been described by the N.Y. Times as "an American icon." The only study guides written by teachers and educational professionals, CliffsNotes have full range of test prep and study aids - just what today's students need to grasp the essentials fast and score their highest. For more information, visit Cliffsnotes.com. CliffsNotes is a branded imprint of Wiley.

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