Hillsborough Community College Reach-Out Program Finds Motivation and Success With Shmoop Program

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The CROP program, which serves disadvantaged students in central Florida, used Shmoop to prepare students for standardized tests and the college application process.

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Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com) is the cream of the crop when it comes to its award-winning Test Prep and certified Online Courses. And now, it's the cream of the CROP—the College Reach-Out Program (CROP) at Hillsborough Community College in Florida.

According to its website, "The CROP program is designed to increase the number of educationally and economically disadvantaged high school and middle school students who upon graduation from high school will pursue a postsecondary education." And this summer, Lawrence Smith, a veteran teacher who serves as an associate for the CROP program, added Shmoop to the mix.

With Shmoop Test Prep, students take a diagnostic, find out what they got right and wrong (and why), and get targeted review and practice drills—all in less time than it would take to find a number 2 pencil. And that real-time data is precisely what Mr. Smith loves.

"This is a plug and play generation," he says, "and students want to see exactly what they've done exactly when they do it."

One CROP student saw his SAT® practice exam score increase from 1120 to 1610 in six weeks, and another saw hers go from 830 to 1460 in the same amount of time. Think it's just a few edge cases? Nope. Of the students who stuck with Shmoop for the entire 6-week summer program, 100% increased their scores. For all the non-mathletes out there, that's every single one of 'em. The success even inspired one student to sign up for a more rigorous courseload his senior year so that he could apply to a previously out-of-reach college.

The CROP program utilized Shmoop's prep for the SAT® exam, ACT® exam, PSAT/NMSQT® exam, and numerous Florida End-of-Course Assessments—and that's just a fraction of Shmoop's offerings. It's the epitome of a one-stop shop program. And while Shmoop speaks student, it also talks teacher. Teachers can keep tabs on student progress with Shmoop's online grade book, which Mr. Smith calls "slick." And administrators, who can receive bulk discounts by contacting sales@shmoop.com, are able to see school- and district-wide data to make sure their limited budgets are being put to good use.

Mr. Smith concludes: "My students want to prove to themselves and to others: 'this is who I am and this is how good I can be.' I want my students to be successful, and that's why I equip them with Shmoop. This program really works."

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Shmoop offers hundreds of thousands of pages of original content. Their Online Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, Learning Guides, and interactive Study Tools are written by teachers and experts and balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 11 million unique visitors a month across desktop and mobile. The company has won numerous awards from EdTech Digest, Tech & Learning, and the Association of Educational Publishers. Launched in 2008, Shmoop makes the magic happen from a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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