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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 open 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 one hour of homework between multi-session courses. Students who attend each session, complete all homework and participate in class generally achieve the highest score improvements.
  • Class descriptions can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • Registration for classes will open one month prior to the first class date at 9:00 AM and will close at the start time of the final class session.

2021-2022 Classes:

Free registration


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

Tuesdays

April: 5th, 12th, 19th

May: 31st

Wednesdays

May: 11th, 18th, 25th

Course Time:

5:30pm-6:30pm

Free registration


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


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


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


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

Free registration


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:

Saturday

February: 12th, 19th, 26th

March: 5th, 12th

Course Time:

9:00am-11:00am

Free registration


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:

Saturday

February: 12th, 19th, 26th

March: 5th, 12th

Course Time:

11:15am-1:15pm

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 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

February: 14th, 16th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

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 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:

Tuesday, Thursday

February: 15th, 17th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
January 22, 2022

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:

Tuesday

February: 22nd

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
January 23, 2022

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:

Wednesday

February: 23rd

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
January 24, 2022

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:

Thursday

February: 24th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
January 28, 2022

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

February: 28th

Course Time:

5:00pm-6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 1, 2022

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

March: 1st

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 2, 2022

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

March: 2nd

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 3, 2022

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

March: 3rd

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 7, 2022

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

March: 7th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 8, 2022

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

March: 8th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 9, 2022

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

March: 9th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 10, 2022

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

March: 10th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 14, 2022

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

March: 14th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 15, 2022

Learn about resources to effectively apply to and matriculate at the college or university of choice in this 1.5 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:

Tuesday

March: 15th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 16, 2022

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:

Wednesday

March: 16th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 17, 2022

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:

Thursday

March: 17th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 19, 2022

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

March: 19th, 26th

April: 2nd, 9th, 16th

Course Time:

9:00am – 11:00am

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 19, 2022

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

March: 19th, 26th

April: 2nd, 9th, 16th

Course Time:

11:15am – 11:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 21, 2022

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:

Mondays

March: 21st, 28th

Course Time:

5:30pm – 7:00pm

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 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:

Tuesdays

March: 22nd, 29th

Course Time:

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 23, 2022

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:

Wednesdays

March: 23rd, 30th

Course Time:

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
February 24, 2022

Learn about resources to effectively apply to and matriculate at the college or university of choice in this 1.5 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:

Thursday

March: 24th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 1, 2022

Learn about resources to effectively apply to and matriculate at the college or university of choice in this 1.5 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:

Thursday

March: 31st

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 4, 2022

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:

Mondays, Wednesdays

April: 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th

May: 2nd, May 4th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:00pm

 

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 4, 2022

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:

Mondays, Wednesdays

April: 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th

May: 2nd, May 4th

Course Time:

6:15pm – 7:15pm

 

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 7, 2022

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

April: 7th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 7, 2022

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:

Thursday

April: 7th

Course Time:

6:45pm – 8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 14, 2022

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:

Thursday

April: 14th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 21, 2022

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:

Thursday

April: 21st

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 21, 2022

Learn about resources to effectively apply to and matriculate at the college or university of choice in this 1.5 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:

Thursday

April: 21st

Course Time:

6:45pm – 8:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 23, 2022

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

April: 23rd, 30th

May: 7th, 14th, 21st

Course Time:

9:00am – 11:00am

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 23, 2022

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

April: 23rd, 30th

May: 7th, 14th, 21st

Course Time:

9:00am – 11:00am

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 26, 2022

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:

Tuesdays, Thursdays

April: 26th, 28th

May: 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
March 26, 2022

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:

Tuesdays, Thursdays

April: 26th, 28th

May: 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th

Course Time:

6:15pm – 7:15pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
April 9, 2022

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

May: 9th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration

Registration Opens
April 16, 2022

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:

Mondays

May: 16th, 23rd

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Courses will be posted and registration will open approximately 30 days before the start of the first class. Check back often for courses starting later this school year.

Class Descriptions:

SAT Test Prep

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2022 SAT exams. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

ACT Test Prep

Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2022 ACT exams. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl  

SAT Single Subject Math Test Prep

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

College Essay Writing Prep

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. 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 1.5 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. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

College Consultation Office hours

Ask questions about college, discuss post-secondary options and build goals for after high school and beyond. No registration required. Sessions are designed specifically for the needs of students; parent and family attendance will not be accommodated.

Mindfulness

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. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

Career Exploration & College Major 

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. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

Introduction to Resume Building 

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. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

Professional Etiquette & Presenting Yourself 

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. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

Effective Interview Skills

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. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

Intro to Public Speaking

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. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

Effective Study Habits 

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. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

Self-Advocacy, Motivation, & Passion 

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. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl 

Basic Coping Skills & Managing Stress 

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will better understand the factors that cause stress, its impacts on the body & self, and develop ways to cope and manage stressful situations. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl

Basic Coping Skills & Managing Stress 

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will better understand the factors that cause stress, its impacts on the body & self, and develop ways to cope and manage stressful situations. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl

Financial Literacy: Understanding Credit

In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will be able to analyze and evaluate the benefits and risks associated with using a credit card. Register at: www.StudySmart.us/sfpl

Financial Literacy: Basic Budgeting

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. www.StudySmart.us/sfpl

Financial Literacy Workshop: Financial Planning

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.

Financial Literacy Workshop : Credits vs. Debits

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.

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