Category Archives: After High School

Shmoop for Test Prep and More

You may be familiar with’s free study tools, which are endlessly helpful for shmoopeverything from algebra to statistics. With your Mill Valley Library card, though, you can access Shmoop’s Premium content–including test prep for any AP Exam you can think of as well as SAT, ACT, and all of those other fun times standardized tests (click to see their complete course catalog). There’s also business and career info, writing help and much, MUCH more.

To get started, just click here and set up an account, using your library card.

Don’t have a Library Card? Maybe you lost it sometime in the 5th grade? No worries. Just fill out the online application below and stop by the Library to pick up your (free!) card.

Online Library Card Application

What, exactly, do you get with Shmoop’s premium content? Oh, just this:


Health, Physical Education, and Counseling
Technology and Computer Science
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First Thursday: College Fit

April 7 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

How do you find the right college for you? More than rankings, rhetoric or emotion, “fit” is the greatest determinant of college success, both in getting into college and completing your degree. Educational consultant Lori Byer will lead an interactive discussion to help you figure out which colleges might be right for you, exploring the elements that really matter (beyond just size, weather, and location). For high school students only. Registration recommended. Register here.

What does “College Fit” even mean? Take a look at this article from the College Board. Come with questions about the college, how to figure out what factors are important to you, and anything else you want to know about the college application process.

About Lori: Lori Byer is the owner of Cornerstone College Consulting, a San Francisco Bay Area college consulting firm that provides comprehensive services to high school students navigating the complex world of college admissions.

Lori has devoted her professional career to working with students of all ages. As a leadership consultant, teacher, tutor and community volunteer she thrives on helping students discover their individuality and potential for success. She believes that each student’s path to college is unique and tailors her practice to the needs of her students and families.

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First Thursday: UnCollege

First Thursday: Uncollege– Self-directed Learning for the Independently Curious Student

November 5th, 2015

Sure, you know how to study, but do you know how to learn?  


Dale Stephens, founder of the UnCollege movement. Image via

Evert Villaseñor, a Program Specialist for UnCollege––a social movement challenging the notion that college is the only path to success––  will be visiting the library to talk to high school students about  self-directed learning.  This presentation will teach important skills for both students who want to go to college and those who want to forge an independent path of education. 

For high school students only. Register here.

Want to know more about self-directed learning before the First Thursday? Check out one student’s experiment putting self-directed learning into practice here.

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First Thursday: Taking a Gap Year on a Budget (Pictures and Information)

Thank you to Sam and everyone who came out to the Gap Year Workshop! Pictures of the event below. You can download a PDF of Sam’s handout here: Sam Bull Gap Year Resources



A slide from Sam’s presentation…




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There are a million great reasons to take a gap year between high school and college…and one big, expensive reason not to: money. Is it possible to have an exciting, fulfilling gap year without needing an endless flow of dollars? YES! But don’t take our word for it, come to this workshop and find out for yourself.

One of our guests is Sam Bull, who has been a gap year consultant since 1994. He will be talking about how to set up your own, low cost gap year. Other guests will include students who have recently taken gap years and are excited to share their information and experiences with you. Additionally, we will have tons of resources and information for you to take home, so you can explore even more gap year on a budget options on your own.

Registration for this event is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Register here.

This event is open to high school students and recent graduates only.


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