I would like to thank all the gods out there for this gift that has been giving since 1999. Sparknotes probably has some of the best study guides out there - especially for those pesky book reports. With their very reliable No Fear books to their (thankfully) short chapter summaries, you will never get lost again. Downloading the Sparknotes app on your mobile device will definitely come in handy too.
NOTE: CliffsNotes, York Notes, and the like are also extremely helpful. Go check them out and see what suits you best!
2. 60 Second Recap
If you're more of the visual learner, I highly suggest that you check out the 60 Second Recap. This website provides entertaining videos that are literally 60 seconds long. Can't understand the plot of Animal Farm and you're running late for your next class? Go to their site. Too many characters to remember? Go to their site - you name it, they probably have it.
NOTE: Thug Notes is another site with a collection of very entertaining summaries of some of the great classic literatures. Check it out too!
3. Classical Comics
Now if you're the type of learner that needs a lot of visuals with accompanying text, these comic books or graphic novels are probably for you. Classical Comics is just one of the many publishers of these kinds of books. With over hundreds of titles, you're sure to find whatever you need there. Sometimes, reading a book with the corresponding action drawn beside it is just what you need.
NOTE: Shakespeare Comic Book is another great source for your comic book needs. Your neighborhood bookstore is another great place to look for these too.