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Study Smart Tutors and the San Francisco Public Library are partnering to bring you free virtual college prep classes. Classes are taught by veteran instructors dedicated to providing an individualized experience so that every high school student can realize and reach their post-secondary goals.

  • Workshops are free and priority registration is given to 9th-12th graders who live and attend school in San Francisco. Each class has a capacity of 25 students.
  • Students are asked to commit to attending each session of a course/series, but accommodations can be made if there is a personal scheduling conflict.
  • Students will receive an on-screen and email confirmation acknowledging their registration status. Canceling/modifying registration can be done by emailing SFPL@StudySmartTutors.com.
  • There may be up to two hours of homework between multi-session courses. Students who attend each session, complete all homework and participate in class generally achieve the highest score improvements.
  • Registration for classes will open one month prior to the first class date at 9:00 AM. Registration for classes will close at the start time of the last class session.

Spring 2021 Classes:

Free registration

Sold Out

Even though registration is full, please still sign up for the waitlist and plan to show up to the first class! Some registrants may be unable to attend the course, and spots open up on the day of the first class.


Ask questions about college, discuss post-secondary options and build goals for after high school and beyond. These drop-in sessions are designed specifically for the needs of students; parent and family attendance will not be accommodated.

Course Dates: Fridays

April: 2nd, 16th, 23rd

June: 18th, 25th

Course Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

 

Course Dates: Tuesdays

June: 16th, 23rd

Course Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

 

Course Date: Monday

June: 15th

Course Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

 

Free registration


Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2021 ACT exams.

Course Dates: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

May: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:00pm

Free registration

Sold Out

Even though registration is full, please still sign up for the waitlist and plan to show up to the first class! Some registrants may be unable to attend the course, and spots open up on the day of the first class.


Develop a story, edit drafts of their essays and review examples of essays written by students accepted to top colleges and universities in this two-session, three hour course that offers the resources and tools to effectively write and submit a Common App or UC Personal Insight Question essay.

Course Date: 

Saturday

May: 8th, 15th

Course Time:

4:00pm-5:30pm

Free registration


Develop a story, edit drafts of their essays and review examples of essays written by students accepted to top colleges and universities in this two-session, three hour course that offers the resources and tools to effectively write and submit a Common App or UC Personal Insight Question essay.

Course Date: 

Tuesday, Wednesday

May: 11th, 12th

Course Time:

3:00pm-4:30pm

Free registration

 - 13 spaces remaining.

Develop a story, edit drafts of their essays and review examples of essays written by students accepted to top colleges and universities in this two-session, three hour course that offers the resources and tools to effectively write and submit a Common App or UC Personal Insight Question essay.

Course Date: 

Tuesday, Wednesday

May: 11th, 12th

Course Time:

4:30pm-6:00pm

Free registration

 - 16 spaces remaining.

Develop a story, edit drafts of their essays and review examples of essays written by students accepted to top colleges and universities in this two-session, three hour course that offers the resources and tools to effectively write and submit a Common App or UC Personal Insight Question essay.

Course Date: 

Thursday, Friday

May: 13th, 14th

Course Time:

3:00pm-4:30pm

Free registration

 - 16 spaces remaining.

Develop a story, edit drafts of their essays and review examples of essays written by students accepted to top colleges and universities in this two-session, three hour course that offers the resources and tools to effectively write and submit a Common App or UC Personal Insight Question essay.

Course Date: 

Thursday, Friday

May: 13th, 14th

Course Time:

4:30pm-6:00pm

Free registration

 - 23 spaces remaining.

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2021 ACT exams.

Course Dates: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

May: 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th

Course Time:

3:00pm-4:00pm

Free registration

 - 17 spaces remaining.

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2021 SAT exams.

Course Dates: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

May: 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th

Course Time:

4:00pm-5:00pm

Free registration

 - 22 spaces remaining.

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2021 ACT exams.

Course Dates: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

May: 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:00pm

Free registration

 - 22 spaces remaining.

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2021 ACT exams.

Course Dates (Week One): 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

June: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Course Time (Week One):

5:00pm-6:15pm

Course Dates (Week Two): 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

June: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th

Course Time (Week Two):

5:00pm-6:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
May 14, 2021

 - 25 spaces remaining.

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2021 SAT exams.

Course Dates: 

Monday, Tuesday,  Thursday

June: 14th, 15th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 24th

Course Time:

3:00pm-5:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
May 14, 2021

 - 25 spaces remaining.

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2021 SAT exams.

Course Dates: 

Monday, Wednesday,  Thursday

June: 14th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 23rd, 24th

Course Time:

5:30pm-7:30pm

Class Descriptions:

SAT Test Prep

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in a ten-hour course for students preparing to take the 2021 SAT exams. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

ACT Test Prep

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in a ten-hour course for students preparing to take the 2021 ACT exams. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl  

 

SAT Single Subject Math Test Prep

Maximize success on the SAT Math in a four-hour course that teaches specific strategies and tips. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

SAT Single Subject Essay Prep

Maximize success on the SAT Essay in a four-hour course that teaches specific strategies and tips. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

SAT Single Subject Reading Prep

Maximize success on the SAT Essay in a four-hour course that teaches specific strategies and tips. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

College Essay Writing Prep

Develop a story, edit draft essays and review examples written by students accepted to top colleges and universities in a three-hour course that offers the resources and tools to effectively write and submit a Common App or UC Personal Insight Question essay. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

College Admissions/Match Process 101

Learn about resources to effectively apply to and matriculate at the college or university of choice in this one-and-a-half hour workshop. Students and families will examine the different post-graduation pathways, their specific requirements, including the A–G requirements and how to decide what type of institution is the ‘best fit’. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

College Consultation – Drop in office hours

Ask questions about college, discuss post-secondary options and build goals for after high school and beyond. These drop-in sessions are designed specifically for the needs of students; parent and family attendance will not be accommodated. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

Mindfulness

Examine and practice different mindfulness activities and techniques in this one-and-a-half-hour workshop to integrate into everyday life in order to alleviate stress. Be more present to support personal and academic success. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

Career Exploration & College Major 

Explore different career opportunities, paths and relevant educational criteria in an hour-and-a-half workshop to help make decisions and evaluate choices. Learn about different colleges and majors based on the career of choice. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

Introduction to Resume Building 

Examine the different components of a strong resume and begin an outline for a resume using a multitude of resources provided in a one-hour workshop. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

Professional Etiquette & Presenting Yourself 

Explore professional etiquette and engage in various group activities that model and practice to help strengthen skills in a one-and-a-half-hour workshop. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

Effective Interview Skills

Strengthen interviewing skills by analyzing the most commonly asked questions, utilizing learnings from different texts and participating in mock interviews in a one-and-a-half-hour workshop. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

Intro to Public Speaking

Assess public speaking strengths and weaknesses in a one-and-a-half-hour workshop. Learn to improve through a multitude of activities, such as examining glossophobia, strategies for success, rubrics, and start to develop a speech of their own. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

Effective Study Habits 

Assess organizational habits, strategies and study skills and apply newly learned strategies to help in everyday activities and tasks in a one-and-a-half-hour workshop. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

Self-Advocacy, Motivation and Passion 

Develop ideas on how to become more actively engaged in creating change in the community in a one-hour workshop. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

 

Basic Coping Skills and Managing Stress 

Understand the factors that cause stress, its impacts on the body and self, and develop ways to cope and manage stressful situations in a one-and-a-half-hour workshop. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl