How to Shmoop: A Teacher’s Guide to our AP Prep by Shmoop
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How to Shmoop: A Teacher’s Guide to our AP Prep by Shmoop

Hi, I’m Dave Siminoff and I’m the founder
of Shmoop. Shmoop means “Move Something Forward a Little
Bit” and it’s how my grandmother used to ask for her chocolates.
If you’re watching this video, you a teacher, an administrator, a homeschooling parent,
or you’re bored at work and this is the first thing you found on the Internet. Sorry.
If you’re in the education biz, chances are that you’re watching this video because you’ve
been charged with teaching advanced placement or AP class to an assembly of angelic student
cherubs who hang on your every word. If your students haven’t used Shmoop before
they may be a little confused or disoriented at first.
If you share their confusion, never fear! We’ve designed this video so you can at least
sound like you know what you’re talking about. Since you, your school, or your district got
Shmooped, you should have received a set of log-in instructions that look like this.
Follow them and you’ll be golden. If you haven’t received them yet, email us
at [email protected] Next, make sure your Shmoop account has access
to all the materials your school or district has licensed.
If you don’t have access or your account tells you to pay when you try to click on your AP
exam, which looks like this, then check out our log-in video and you’ll be Shmooping in
no time. Now log into your account which is totally
tricked out with premium access and click on ‘Passes’ in the dropdown menu near
your username in the top right. This page will list all the content which
you can access with your license. Click one of the links, preferably the AP
that you actually teach and not AP Alchemy. This video will cover teaching AP Calculus
as an example, but all the AP tests are laid out in the same way. And we do have everything:
just check out this list. Anyway, the first screen you’ll see is the
test dashboard. This screen is your home base for all things exam-related.
You’ll be able to access all your content reviews by clicking on the ‘Review Topics’
tab at the top. Looking to review eyeballing limits? Just
click on the link. It’s sort of like a chapter heading you might find in a book only more
interactive, which means it will burn more calories.
Here you’ll find in-depth reviews of each topic with examples and content you can use
in class. All the topics covered on the exam are here
and clickable. That’s clickable with a C, so please keep your tongue off the computer
monitor. Not enough, you say? Never fear, our drills
are here! In fact, each digital chapter has a set of
drills. For example, click on Chapter Four: Integrals.
Here you will find our six drills for that chapter.
They’re challenging and give your students constructive feedback like a good coach or
boss. Each drill reviews the skills learned in a
chapter. Want to see all your drills at once? Click
the “Drills” tab at the top of your test prep. Yup, that’s a lot of drills.
After you’ve drilled your class to your heart’s content, check out the full-length practice
exams, which will make the drills look like drill bits.
That’s it for basic navigation. As for strategy, your students should start with the overview.
Knowing exactly how the test is structured is just as important as knowing what’s on
the test, and this section is where students will be able to see the test breakdown, strategy
section, and list of topics. After reading the overview, our prep is totally
flexible, which means you can use it however you would like.
We’ve had teachers assign drills for homework, go over a topic in class with a projector,
or do small group lessons. Shmoop is your oyster and there are plenty
of pearls inside. Once your students have reviewed and drilled,
they should be ready for and itching to take a practice exam.
These are full-length exams and the real deal. How you want your students to take these exams
is up to you. Some teachers devote class time to the practice
exams while other assign them for homework. Rest assured, the exams are timed so that
students will be able to get a feel for the actual test environment before they get into
the real thing. Let’s take a look at one section.
Students will have their handy-dandy Shmoop widget following them along.
In fact, it’s a bit like a kindly, loving stalker. This widget keeps track of the time
in minutes and measures questions. It’s like iPhone’s Siri without the condescending
tone and superiority complex. When students have finished, they can save
their work, see their results, and check the answer explanations for any question.
There’s also a projected score. No magic number here, but this is our best
project of how a student’s raw score would convert into a final AP score from 1 to 5.
Students will be able to email their scores to you.
If a student did not deliver a gold-medal-winning performance, there’s no need to worry.
There are multiple full-length exams, a ton of drills, and plenty more review to be done.
Of course, the dashboard is accessible at anytime, just like Taco Bell.
Remember, you are free to get creative with these tools, so use them how you please.
Assign drills, give extra credit for high Shmoints earners, or do a live practice exam
in class. Remember: we’re your oyster and we’re here
to help. If you ever have any questions or comments, email us at [email protected]
Catch you on the Shmoop side.

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