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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.

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 SAT exams.

Course Dates: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

April: 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th

May: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

Course Time:

3:00pm-4:00pm

Free registration


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

April: 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th

May: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

Course Time:

4:00pm-5:00pm

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

 - 18 spaces remaining.

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: 

Monday

May 10th

Course Time:

3:00pm-4:30pm

Free registration

 - 20 spaces remaining.

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: 

Monday

May 10th

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: 

Tuesday, Wednesday

May: 11th, 12th

Course Time:

3:00pm-4:30pm

Free registration

 - 15 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

 - 17 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

 - 18 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

 - 19 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

 - 24 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

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 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 this 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 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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