Shmoop Offers New and Improved Guide to AP U.S. History

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Shmoop does not like revisionist history, but the company also had no problem revising its AP U.S. History guide to serve students and teachers alike.

Shmoop, an online education resource that specializes in test prep and digital curriculum, has expanded and revamped its guide to AP U.S. History to more comprehensively cover everything the test might throw at students.

Shmoop also covers less depressing material, in case anyone was wondering.

Students will find numerous test-taking tips throughout the guide, as well as a smattering of practice drills and four full-length practice exams that will prep them for the big day.

Students will learn:

  •     Why pirates are only the second-most-interesting thing to happen during English colonization in the 16th century. First place: Roanoke’s mysterious disappearance. Seriously, where did it go? It couldn’t leave a note?
  •     What Monty Python can teach students about hunting witches. Hint: It has to do with ducks.
  •     How Paul Revere spent more than two centuries (and counting) as U.S. history’s most frequently misquoted revolutionary. For one thing, he couldn’t exactly yell on his midnight ride through Boston, with the whole “secret warning” thing. Maybe he used semaphore.
  •     Why Oregon Trail—the computer game—might be more accurate than students thought. No, not the part where the characters shoot 7,000 pounds of buffalo and leave it all behind on the trail. How wasteful. There are people starving in Prussia. Wait, that's AP European History
  •     What Star Wars had to do with the Cold War. Think Death Star, not Millennium Falcon. The AC on the Death Star was much glitchier.

If students care about their future, they can learn all about our past with Shmoop’s Guide to AP U.S. History. That way, students can pass the test, graduate from high school, and make a Declaration of Independence…from their parents.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, SAT, and Teacher Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator, and was honored by District Administration. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.

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