CliffsNotes Adds Personalized, Subscription-Based Digital Guides

CliffNotes, e-learning, digital learningHoughton Mifflin Harcourt and digital learning platform BenchPrep announced today that they have partnered to add a set of new digital features to the CliffNotes study guide series.

HMH, which acquired CliffsNotes in 2012, will provide subscription-based test prep and subject review guides by CliffsNotes for both web and mobile through BenchPrep’s platform.

“We are very proud of the CliffsNotes brand—its history and ever-engaging content written for students by real educators, as well as its enduring reputation as the go-to study guide series,” said Bruce Nichols, SVP and publisher of HMH Trade Publishing. “Now, we are thrilled to take our guides to the next level. BenchPrep shares HMH’s commitment to improving learning outcomes, and its outstanding technology has allowed us to reach this new milestone for CliffsNotes, as we increase digital capability and enhance personalization.”

The new guides provide an assessment engine, games and analytics that improve proficiency in core learning objectives.

Included in this initial release are interactive study guides for Algebra I and II, Anatomy and Physiology and Biology. Content for more subjects and standardized tests will be available in 2017.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on this game-changing initiative. The CliffsNotes digital learning solution will enable student success by delivering a compelling, personalized learning experience wrapped around best-in-class content,” said BenchPrep CEO and Co-founder, Ashish Rangnekar. ”With this partnership, we will redefine how millions of students engage with their favorite content.”

CliffsNotes was established in 1958, and averages around 4.5 million unique visitors per month.

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