Shmoop Releases Twenty New Essay Labs to Walk Students Through the Essay Writing Process

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Shmoop’s free Essay Labs guide students from messy brainstorming to pristine revisions, helping them create a masterpiece worthy of a Pulitzer. Or at least an A.

Shmoop helps students hone those skills that will last them a lifetime.

Every high school student faces more essay types than you can shake a No. 2 pencil at, and Shmoop University (, a digital publisher aiming to make learning fun, helps them tackle each and every one. Shmoop's Essay Labs follow students step by step through the writing process, helping them brainstorm, formulate a thesis, write the essay, and revise—with a bunch of baby steps in between. When they’re done, students can view their fancily formatted essay and export it however they'd like.

Students will receive tips, tricks, and examples specific to whichever essay type they've chosen: analysis, argumentative, compare and contrast, definition, descriptive, expository, informative/explanatory, literature, persuasive, reaction, or review/critical. For students who are still working on the building blocks, Shmoop provides a separate Thesis Statement Builder and Paragraph Builder to let them practice each piece of the puzzle before diving in to the whole thing. And in keeping with its reputation as a leading Test Prep provider, Shmoop has created both an SAT® Essay Lab and an ACT® Writing Lab to help students practice the unique standardized test format before the big day. Of course, writing isn't just for bookworms, so for the STEM students of the group, Shmoop offers a Lab Report Builder and a Mathematical Proof Builder to help students construct clear and thorough work in every subject.

Shmoop also knows that essays manage to weasel their way into all aspects of life. Whether students are applying for a college scholarship or a job with a six-figure salary, they’ll need to be able to construct a coherent piece of writing. “As colleges and jobs become increasingly competitive, stellar writing chops will be a must have,” says Shmoop founder, David Siminoff. “Shmoop helps students hone those skills that will last them a lifetime.” Shmoop’s college and career writing labs—including a College Application Essay Lab, College Scholarship Essay Lab, and Cover Letter Builder—are the first steps in the process. And Shmoop won’t even ask for commission.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and 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, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years in a row. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

ACT a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc.

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