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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.

Fall 2021 Classes:

Free registration


In this 1.5 Hour workshop, students will examine and practice different mindfulness activities/techniques that they can integrate into their everyday life in order to alleviate stress and be more present to support personal and academic success.

Course Date:

Monday

November: 29th

Course Time:

4:30pm-6:00pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will explore different career opportunities and paths and relevant educational criteria to help them make decisions and evaluate their choices. Students will also explore different colleges and majors based on the career of their choice.

Course Date:

Monday

November: 29th

Course Time:

6:15pm-7:45pm

Free registration


In this 1-hour workshop, students will examine the different components of a strong resume and begin an outline for their own resume using a multitude of resources provided to them through the session.

Course Date:

Tuesday

November: 30th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:00pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, Students will strengthen their interviewing skills by analyzing the most commonly asked questions, utilizing learnings from different texts, and participating in mock interviews with each other.

Course Date:

Thursday

December: 2nd

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will assess their own spending habits and develop & apply new money-management strategies, such as personal short-term and long-term goals.

Course Date:

Monday

December: 6th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will assess their own spending habits and develop & apply new money-management strategies, such as personal short-term and long-term goals.

Course Date:

Monday

December: 6th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration


Students will be able to understand the basics of financial literacy & budgeting, including analyzing bank statements, the different parts of checks & deposit slips, and tracking & managing their own spending.

Course Date:

Tuesday

December: 7th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration


Students will be able to understand the basics of financial literacy & budgeting, including analyzing bank statements, the different parts of checks & deposit slips, and tracking & managing their own spending.

Course Date:

Tuesday

December: 7th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will be able to analyze and evaluate the benefits and risks associated with using a credit card.

Course Date:

Wednesday

December: 8th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will be able to analyze and evaluate the benefits and risks associated with using a credit card.

Course Date:

Wednesday

December: 8th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will analyze and evaluate the differences between debit cards and credit cards, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of each one.

Course Date:

Thursday

December: 9th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will analyze and evaluate the differences between debit cards and credit cards, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of each one.

Course Date:

Thursday

December: 9th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration


In this 1.5 Hour workshop, students will examine and practice different mindfulness activities/techniques that they can integrate into their everyday life in order to alleviate stress and be more present to support personal and academic success.

Course Date:

Monday

December: 13th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 3, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will assess their own public speaking strengths/weaknesses and 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.

Course Date:

Monday

January: 3rd

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 3, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will assess their own public speaking strengths/weaknesses and 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.

Course Date:

Monday

January: 3rd

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 4, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, Students will assess their own organizational habits & strategies and apply newly learned strategies to aid them in their everyday activities & tasks. Students will assess their own study skills and apply newly learned strategies to improve their own habits.

Course Date:

Tuesday

January: 4th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 4, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, Students will assess their own organizational habits & strategies and apply newly learned strategies to aid them in their everyday activities & tasks. Students will assess their own study skills and apply newly learned strategies to improve their own habits.

Course Date:

Tuesday

January: 4th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 5, 2021

In this 1-Hour workshop, students will determine what issues are important to them and develop ideas on how to become more actively engaged in creating change in their own lives and/or the community.

Course Date:

Wednesday

January: 5th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 5, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will determine what issues are important to them and develop ideas on how to become more actively engaged in creating change in their own lives and/or the community.

Course Date:

Wednesday

January: 5th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 7, 2021

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

January: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

February: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

March: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

April: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

May: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Course Time:

5:30pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 8, 2021

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2022 SAT exams.

Course Dates:

Saturdays

January: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

February: 5th

Course Time:

9:00am-11:00am

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 8, 2021

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2022 ACT exams.

Course Dates:

Saturdays

January: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

February: 5th

Course Time:

11:15am-1:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 10, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will explore different career opportunities and paths and relevant educational criteria to help them make decisions and evaluate their choices. Students will also explore different colleges and majors based on the career of their choice.

Course Date:

Monday

January: 10th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 10, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will explore different career opportunities and paths and relevant educational criteria to help them make decisions and evaluate their choices. Students will also explore different colleges and majors based on the career of their choice.

Course Date:

Monday

January: 10th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 11, 2021

In this 1-hour workshop, students will examine the different components of a strong resume and begin an outline for their own resume using a multitude of resources provided to them through the session.

Course Date:

Tuesday

January: 11th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 11, 2021

In this 1.5-hour workshop, students will examine the different components of a strong resume and begin an outline for their own resume using a multitude of resources provided to them through the session.

Course Date:

Tuesday

January: 11th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 12, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will explore what it means to have professional etiquette and engage in various group activities that both model and practice it to help strengthen these skills.

Course Date:

Wednesday

January: 12th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 12, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will explore what it means to have professional etiquette and engage in various group activities that both model and practice it to help strengthen these skills.

Course Date:

Wednesday

January: 12th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 13, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, Students will strengthen their interviewing skills by analyzing the most commonly asked questions, utilizing learnings from different texts, and participating in mock interviews with each other.

Course Date:

Thursday

January: 13th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 13, 2021

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, Students will strengthen their interviewing skills by analyzing the most commonly asked questions, utilizing learnings from different texts, and participating in mock interviews with each other.

Course Date:

Thursday

January: 13th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 18, 2021

Develop a story, edit drafts of their essays and review examples of essays written by students accepted to top colleges and universities in this single 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 Dates:

Monday, Wednesday

January: 18th, 20th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 18, 2021

Develop a story, edit drafts of their essays and review examples of essays written by students accepted to top colleges and universities in this single 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 Dates:

Monday, Wednesday

January: 18th, 20th

Course Time:

6:45pm-8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 19, 2021

Learn about resources to effectively apply to and matriculate at the college or university of choice in this 1 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’ for them.

Course Date:

Wednesday

January: 19th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 24, 2021

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2022 ACT exams.

Course Dates:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

January: 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th

February: 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Course Times:

5:00pm-6:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
December 28, 2021

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2022 ACT exams.

Course Dates:

Friday

January: 28th

February: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

March: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

April: 1st

Course Time:

6:45pm- 7:45pm

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