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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
  • 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.

2023-2024 Classes:

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.

Free registration


Students will be able to identify different STEAM career opportunities and paths and its educational criteria by exploring their own interests and majors. Students will also explore different colleges and majors based on the STEAM career of their choice.

Course Dates:

Monday April 15th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration


Students will be able to properly prepare for a job interview by analyzing the most commonly asked questions, utilizing learnings from different texts, and participating in mock interviews with each other.

Course Dates:

Tuesday April 16th

Thursday April 18th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Free registration


Students will be able explain what a healthy lifestyle entails as well as learn different activities and habits to incorporate or exclude from their daily routines to improve the quality of their life.

Course Dates:

Wednesday, April 17th

Course Time:

6:00PM – 7:00PM

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:

Friday, April 19th

Friday, April 26th

Course Time:

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 2023-2024 Digital SAT exams.

Course Dates:

Saturday April 20th

Course Time:

12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

4400 Mission Street | San Francisco, CA 94112 | website

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will be able to identify 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, April 22nd

Course Time:

4:30PM – 5:30PM

Free registration


Students will be able to explain why creating a LinkedIn page is an important part of career building & social networking and learn the basic steps of how to create their own LinkedIn profile.
Class Dates:
Monday, April 22nd
Class Time:
6:00PM – 7:00PM
Free registration


Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2024-2025 Digital SAT exams.

Class Dates:

Tuesday, April 23rd

Thursday, April 25th

Class Time:

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Free registration


Students will be able identify key components that they need to consider in preparation for the transition to college. They will also examine basic financial budgeting, transitioning to new residential living situations, and the various resources that different colleges have to offer to support their students during this transition.

Class Dates:

Tuesday, April 23rd

Thursday, April 25th

Class Time:

6:30PM – 7:30PM

Free registration


Students will be able to utilize different resources to search for a job. Additionally, students will discuss, create, and share their own elevator pitches

Class Dates:

Wednesday, April 24th

Class time:

3:30PM – 5:30PM

Free registration


Students will be able to explain the college financial aid process and the different types of aid available, including grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.

Class Dates:

Wednesday, April 24th

Class Time:

5:45PM – 7:15PM

Free registration


Students will be able to explain the college financial aid process and the different types of aid available, including grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.

Course Dates:

Sunday April 28th

Course Time:

2:30pm – 4:30pm

 

1550 Scott Street | San Francisco, CA 94115 | website

 

Free registration


Students will also be equipped to discuss and address the impacts of imposter syndrome in their academic life. They will also examine different strategies helpful in addressing imposter syndrome as well as develop their own strategies to address it.

Class dates:

Monday, April 29th

Class 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 2023-2024 Digital SAT exams.

Class Dates:

Monday, April 29th

Tuesday, April 30th

Class Time:

5:30PM – 7:00PM

Free registration


Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2023-2024 Digital SAT exams.

Course Dates:

Wednesday, May 1st

Thursday, May 2nd

Course Time:

5:30PM – 7:30PM

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:

Friday, May 3rd

Friday, May 10th

Friday, May 17th

Friday, May 24th

Course Time:

5:00PM – 6:00PM

Free registration


Students will be able to explain the benefits of having basic organizational skills and create their own next steps for ensuring that they are organized.

Class Dates:

Thursday, May 9th

Class Time:

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Free registration


Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2024-2025 Digital SAT exams.

Course Dates:

Saturday May 11th
Sunday May 12th

Course Time:

May 11th – 10:00am – 12:00pm
May 12th – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

 

100 Larkin Street | San Francisco, CA 94102 | website

Free registration


Students will be able identify key components that they need to consider in preparation for the transition to college. They will also examine basic financial budgeting, transitioning to new residential living situations, and the various resources that different colleges have to offer to support their students during this transition.

Class Dates:

Tuesday, May 14th

Thursday, May 16th

Class Time:

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, participants will be able to understand the importance of self-motivation as a life skill and learn how to utilize various simple self-motivation strategies in their everyday lives.

Course Date:

Wednesday, May 15th

Course Time:

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Free registration


Build confidence, increase standardized test fluency and set effective test-taking goals in this course for students preparing to take the 2023-2024 Digital SAT exams.

Course Dates:

Saturday, May 18th

Sunday, May 26th

Course Time:

5:30PM – 7:30PM

Free registration


Students will be able to successfully analyze and evaluate the differences between debit cards and credit cards, as well as the benefits and disadvantages of each one.

Course Dates:

Monday, May 20th

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Free registration


Students will be able to identify the factors that cause stress, its impacts on the body & self, and develop ways to cope and manage stressful situations.

Class Dates:

Wednesday, May 29th

Class Time:

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Free registration


In this 1.5-Hour workshop, students will be able to apply a variety of different test-taking strategies that will help improve their overall grades. Students will also learn and apply different strategies to help them cope with test-anxiety.

Course Date:

Friday, May 31st

Course Time:

5:00pm – 6:30pm

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 2023-2024 SAT exams. Registering 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 2023-2024 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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