Personal Development in Tamalpais-Homestead Valley

$50 for $100 Groupon — Spanish in Downtown San Rafael

Spanish In Downtown San Rafael

San Rafael

$100 $50

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$69 for an American Heart Association First-Aid, CPR, and AED Class ($140 Value)

Safety Training Seminars

Multiple Locations

$140 $69

Five-hour American Heart Association class teaches CPR, defibrillator use & basic first-aid techniques; certification is valid for two years

In-Person Workshop for One or Two or Online Stock-Trading Class for One from Acorn Wealth Corporation

Acorn Wealth Corporation

Downtown

C$499 C$20

Stock-trading courses taught by a young CEO and master trader give students a grounding in trading platforms, markets, and basic strategy

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$65 for a Two-Hour Couples-Massage Class at The Love Lab ($135 Value)

The Love Lab

Cow Hollow/ Marina

$135 $65

Partners learn the fundamentals of professional back, neck, and foot massages as they munch on gourmet refreshments

$451 for $820 Toward 6-Weeks of Intensive Portuguese Language Classes at IBEC

IBEC - Instituto Brasil De Educação E Cultura

San Francisco

$820 $451

Pretend you're going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by learning Portuguese in this six-week course.

$79 for an Intro to Filmmaking Workshop at San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking ($199 Value)

San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking

SoMa

$199 $79

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The one-day intensive workshop covers the basics of filmmaking such as screenwriting, directing, producing, lighting, shooting, and editing

$20 for a 90-Minute Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Spanish Class at Enjoy Spanish ($60 Value)

Enjoy Spanish

San Francisco

$60 $20

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Experienced bilingual instructors teach group Spanish classes at six levels, taking students from basic present tense to fluency

$165 for $300 Worth of Music Lessons — Lewis Violin Studio

Lewis Violin Studio

San Francisco

$300 $165

Learn how to play classical, fiddle, or jazz violin

Two or Four 30-Minute Private Guitar, Bass, or Ukulele Lessons at Guitar Cities San Francisco (Up to 54% Off)

Guitar Cities

Downtown

$70 $33

Dexterous instrumentalists train aspiring players of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level or song choice

Piano or Guitar Lessons at Exploring Music (Up to 57% Off). Four Options Available.

Exploring Music

Inner Richmond

$70 $32

Talented instructors tailor lesson plans to each student's tastes and skill level during private or group music lessons

Intro Mixology Cocktail-Making Class, Spirits Evolution Class, or Both at SF Mixology (Up to 75% Off)

SF Mixology

Multiple Locations

$199 $69

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A cocktail guru helms courses in a nightclub setting, teaching the history of cocktails and techniques for mixing and preparation

$59 for an Online Website Building Class from Express Website Course ($197 Value)

Express Website Course

Online Deal

$197 $59

Video course teaches students the ins and outs of creating a website and working with the WordPress platform

Mixology 101 Class for One or Two from San Francisco Bartending Academy (54% Off)

San Francisco Bartending Academy

Mission Bay

$195 $89

Students learn how different flavor notes complement each other while creating eight staple cocktails and tasting exotic cordials

$15 for $30 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — First Rate Tutors

First Rate Tutors

Redeem from Home

$30 $15

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$549 for $999 Worth of Beauty-School Classes — Womack Salon Academy

Womack Salon Academy

Excelsior

$999 $549

Join the cosmetology field, learn to specialize in haircuts for both men and women, invest your time, and develop a new skill

$29 for Three Months of 3D Guitar Lessons Online from iPerform 3D Online Guitar Lessons ($168.85 Value)

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

$39 for a Microsoft Office Certification Career Advancement Bundle from IT University Online ($399 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

$399 $39

Exercises, multimedia aids, and exam simulators aid in Microsoft Office certification, strengthening resumés and enhancing marketability

Four, Six, or Eight Hours of Arabic-Language Lessons from Arabic Language Service (Up to 51% Off)

Arabic Language Service

San Francisco

$200 $99

Experienced tutors can travel to pupils' homes for in-person Arabic lessons, video chat via Skype, or meet at a Starbucks coffee shop

Digital Photography Basics for One or Two at Image Light Photography (Up to 54% Off)

Image Light Photography

On Location

$49 $24

Small classes cover how to use your DSLR to set up a shot, use the manual function, take advantage of the auto functions, and focus

Online Microsoft Excel Training Course or Business Finance Workshop from Startup Saturdays Online (Up to 93% Off)

Startup Saturdays Online

Online Deal

$499 $35

Video-based online courses give beginners an overview of Microsoft Excel or finance; access to Excel course material for up to one year

Two or Four Private Guitar, Bass, or Ukelele Lessons at Guitar San Francisco (Up to 51% Off)

Guitar San Francisco

Fidi

$76 $39

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

$99 for an IT Database Admin Online Training Bundle from Database Training Academy ($3,595 Value)

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

$3,595 $99

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

$12 for an Online Traffic-School Course from BESTtrafficschool.com ($21.95 Value)

BESTtrafficschool.com

Online Deal

$21.95 $12

DMV approved online traffic course helps resolve traffic citations; written by DMV-licensed instructors

CPR Training with Option for AED and First-Aid Training from Aikane Care (55% Off)

Aikane Care

On Location

$110 $49

Licensed instructors teach onsite safety classes

Two or Four 30-Minute In-Home Private Guitar Lessons with a RockStarter Materials Kit from University of Rock (51% Off)

University of Rock

Redeem from Home

$120 $59

Trained instructors tailor in-home guitar lessons so students build knowledge and improve their skills; RockStarter kit with music book

$22 for $55 Worth of Singing Lessons — Lawley Lessons

Lawley Lessons

Redeem from Home

$55 $22

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$69 for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ IT Certification Training Bundle from Career Academy ($1,485 Value)

Career Academy

Online Deal

$1,485 $69

Online courses with video instructions help IT professionals attain certifications in networking and corporate security

$15 for an Online Driver's Ed Course with DMV Certificate of Completion ($69.95 Value)

igottadrive.com

Online Deal

$69.95 $15

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State-certified online course serves as replacement for in-class learning and teaches fundamentals of safe driving

$9.95 for an Online Traffic School from EraseMyTicketQuicker.com ($19.95 Value)

EraseMyTicketQuicker.com

Online Deal

$19.95 $9.95

Online course allows students to learn the rules of the road, safe-driving practices, and how to improve their driving confidence

Five-, Ten-, Fifteen-, or Twenty-Hour English Classes at Fill Me In English Language Services (Up to70% Off)

Fill Me In English Language Services

On Location

$315 $99

Students learn to feel more comfortable speaking English at five-, ten-, fifteen-, or twenty-hour language classes with emersion exercises

Two or Four 30-Minute or 60-Minute Private Violin Lessons at Vernon Music Studio (Up to 55% Off)

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

$120 $55

A violinist who customizes lessons to students' needs, helping them to learn violin quickly and thoroughly

$300 for $600 Worth of Computer-Skills Classes — SQA Solution

Sqa Solution

Daly City

$600 $300

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Rossiter System Stretching Class on Sunday, September 21 at Strategic Bodywork (Up to 81% Off). Four Sessions.

Strategic Bodywork

Emeryville

$200 $39

Learn simple, two-person stretches that help relieve chronic pain throughout the body

$30 for $60 Groupon — Russian Program "Krugozor"

Russian Program “krugozor”

South Berkeley

$60 $30

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Two or Four Salsa Classes at Rueda Con Ritmo (Up to 62% Off)

Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

$26 $10

Hour-long classes feature four different levels of Cuban-style salsa dancing

Up to 53% Off Language Lesson — Generations

Generations

Rockaway Beach

$15 $7

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One or Two Months of 30- or 60-Minute Private Lessons and Other Perks at Bradley School of Music (Up to 52% Off)

Bradley School of Music

Lafayette

$162.50 $79

Students of all ages learn to play the guitar, piano, drums, or other instruments in a supportive environment with an on-staff psychologist

$159 for 40-Hour Bartending Certification Course at ABC Bartending School ($535 Value)

ABC Bartending School

Multiple Locations

$535 $159

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Instructors guide burgeoning bartenders within a real bar, preparing them to mix, stir, and shake drinks for fun or professionally

One Month of Private Piano Lessons at San Mateo Piano (Up to 55% Off)

San Mateo Piano

San Mateo

$165 $79

Seasoned players demystify theory and technique during weekly 30-minute lessons for students ages 5 and up

Two or Four Private Drum Lessons with Tom Metropoulos at San Mateo Piano (Up to 53% Off)

Tom Metropoulos at San Mateo Piano

San Mateo

$80 $39

Seasoned drum instructor teaches fundamentals in styles including pop, rock, jazz and fusion

$49 for $150 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — GoBeyond Advising

Gobeyond Advising

San Mateo

$150 $49

Danielle, a Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley graduate, gives expert advice and offers edits for your college application

$138 for $475 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — Ivy Goal Education

Ivy Goal Education

Hillsdale

$475 $138

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$70 for $140 Worth of Singing Lessons — The Studio of Meghan Michelle McGovern

The Studio Of Meghan Michelle Mcgovern

Alamo

$140 $70

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Four or Six Guitar, Beginner Piano, or Voice at Jones Guitar and Vocal Instruction (Up to 64% Off)

Jones Guitar and Vocal Instruction

Concord

$130 $50

Seasoned instructor Ranjani Jones teaches basic theory, sight-reading, and technique for guitar, beginner piano, and voice

$74 for $165 Worth of Services at College Nannies + Tutors

College Nannies & Tutors

Blackhawk

$165 $74

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$59 for Six-week Online Course in Positive Psychology - The Path to Happier Course ($147 Value)

Guide To Self, Inc.

Danville

$147 $59

Six-week video course by positive psych expert, Dr. John Schinnerer, covering how to create more success and happiness.

$25 for $55 Worth of One tutoring session — Science Tutor 4 Me

Science Tutor 4 Me

San ramon

$55 $25

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One Month of Private Guitar, Bass, or Drum Lessons at Music to My Ears (50% Off)

Music to My Ears

Cotati

$138 $69

Instructors with extensive performance backgrounds teach essential skills for playing the guitar, drums, or bass

In-Home or Small-Group Classroom Chinese Tutoring Sessions for Grades K-12 at United Education (58% Off)

United Education

Union City

$160 $75

English-speaking students in grades K-12 are immersed in Chinese language and culture at in-home and classroom tutoring sessions

$59 for Tutoring Package with Diagnostic Test and Four 60-Minute Tutoring Sessions at Kims Academy ($350 Value)

Kims Academy

Multiple Locations

$350 $59

After a diagnostic assessment, tutors assist kids with math, reading, or writing skills to prepare for the SAT or ACT

$35 for Assessment of Academics and Career Interest with Planning Session at C2 Education ($215 Value)

C2 Education

Multiple Locations

$215 $35

After assessing academics, personality, and career interest, tutors create an academic program designed to address each K–12 student's needs

$49 for SAT Practice at ThinkTank Learning ($210 Value)

ThinkTank Learning

Palo Alto

$210 $49

Certified academic consultant helps students gauge strengths and weaknesses when taking the SAT, and help pupils ace tests with tutoring

$89 for an Academic Evaluation and Four 60-Minute Tutoring Sessions at Huntington ($387 Value)

Huntington

Palo Alto

$387 $89

After an academic evaluation, tutoring sessions with one teacher for four students help kids achieve success in exams or various subjects

Academic Evaluation with Four or Eight Tutoring Sessions at Huntington Learning Center (Up to 82% Off)

Huntington Learning Center

Fremont

$403 $89

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Using a comprehensive academic evaluation and customized tutoring, certified tutors help students overcome their scholastic struggles

$275 for a Nine-Week Creative Writing Class for Kids Ages 8–15 at Kids Be Inspired ($630 Value)

Kids Be Inspired

Fremont

$630 $275

Kids ages 8–15 learn a variety of writing styles and processes to develop creative paragraphs and essays

Four or Eight Lessons for String Instruments, Guitar, Flute, or Piano at New World Music Academy (Up to 53% Off)

New World Music Academy

Pleasanton

$170 $85

Professional performers teach students to play guitar, flute, or string instruments; piano classes take place in a group setting

$48 for $80 Worth of CPR and First-Aid Certification Classes — Rescue Ready

Rescue Ready

Santa Rosa

$80 $48

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$95 for Online Personal-Training Certification from American Fitness Institute ($299 Value)

American Fitness Institute

Online Deal

$299 $95

Online materials allow students to set their own pace over a four-week period before testing to be certified as a personal trainer

$29 for a 20-Hour Online Bartending Course from Express Bartender ($79.97 Value)

Express Bartender

Online Deal

$79.97 $29

Through 12 digital lessons, students learn to mix 125 different cocktails and receive post-course job assistance

$9.95 for an Online California Traffic-School Course from Traffic School 2 U ($19.95 Value)

Traffic School 2 U

Online Deal

$19.95 $9.95

Eight-hour online course lets students get traffic violations off their records if passed

$249 Sonoma Valley Helicopter Tour and Food and Wine Pairing for Up to 3 from Helico Sonoma ($465 Value)

Helico Sonoma

Santa Rosa

$465 $249

During helicopter flights, passengers soak in the view; post-flight, guests enjoy a wine and food pairing at Williamson Wines Healdsburg

Three Private Music Lessons from Tony Bragano (45% Off)

Tony Bragano

Santa Rosa

$99 $54

Three private music lessons in saxophone, piano, or guitar from professional musician Tony Bragano

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 40% Off the First Month of Music Lessons for Kids Ages 2–5

Early Music Minds

Mountain View

$50 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 40% off the first month of music lessons for babies, toddlers, and kids up ages 2–5

Three or Five Kids' Saturday Classes at Amazing Fruit Educational Learning Center (60% Off)

Amazing Fruit Educational Learning Center

Cupertino

$60 $24

Kids attend classes on Saturday where they can learn Chinese, work on handcrafts, or practice painting in a supportive environment

Academic Evaluation and Four or Six Tutoring Sessions at Huntington Learning Center (Up to 83% Off)

Huntington Learning Center

Cupertino

$492 $85

After a one-on-one evaluation, tutors work with students in small groups to help them grasp new material

$89 for Student Assessment and Four Tutoring Courses at Sylvan Learning Center (Up to $499 Value)

Sylvan Learning Center

Multiple Locations

$499 $89

Skills assessment gauges student’s knowledge & study needs, allowing teachers to tailor four tutoring classes to build academic confidence

$69 for One Month of Weekly Two-Hour Math Classes at Aloha Mind Math ($140 Value)

Aloha Mind Math

Santa Clara

$140 $69

Teachers lead students through interactive lessons that increase their ability to solve math problems without a calculator

$10 for $19 Worth of Services at TVSB

Tvsb

Boulder Creek

$19 $10

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Tutoring in Math, Reading, and More at JEI Learning Center San Jose (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

JEI Learning Center - South San Jose

South San Jose

$190 $95

Common Core State Standards align with sessions in math, language arts, reading, writing, and problem solving

One- or Two-Hour Couples Massage Class at Touch To Heal Massage Center (Up to 51% Off)

Touch To Heal Massage Center

San Jose

$120 $59

Class teaches massage protocol for back, neck, and shoulders; must provide set of twin-sized sheets and pillowcase or rent them for $3

44% off a Kindermusik Playdate at Kindermusik with Miss Andrea

Kindermusik With Miss Andrea

Canoas Garden

$25 $14

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One-Month After-School Program with Class Five, Four, or Three Days per Week at STEMpro Academy (Up to 55% Off)

Stempro Academy

San Jose

$499 $225

The after-school program focuses on STEM curriculum—or science, technology, engineering, and math—as well as homework help and play time

$30 for $60 Worth of Language Classes — Sokool Learning Center

Sokool Edu

Cambrian Community

$60 $30

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Online Bartending Course with or without Accessories from Bartending College Online (Up to 67% Off)

Bartending College Online

On Location

$74.99 $25

Interactive online course instructs students in masterful barkeeping through self-paced video lessons, quizzes, and professional guidance

Two or Four Individual or Small-Group Tutoring Sessions at Languages and Math Learning Center (Up to 53% Off)

Languages and Math Learning Center

Cory

$80 $39

Tutors lead one-on-one or small-group sessions in math and languages for students preK–12

Intro to Photography or Intro to Printing Class at Aperture Academy (Up to 59% Off)

Aperture Academy

Campbell

$135 $59

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Professional photographers tutor student shutterbugs on digital-photography basics and photo-printing techniques

$70 for $140 Worth of Guitar Lessons — Ryan Acosta Music

Ryan Acosta Music

Campbell

$140 $70

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$18 for $40 Groupon — Tavan Music Academy

Tavan Music Academy

Los Gatos

$40 $18

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Owned and operated by parent-and-child coaching expert Robin Briskin, the Ark Row Center enriches families through hands-on classes that foster confidence and self-expression. Kids learn to transform wet earth into bowls, vases, or family-dinner-suggestion jars under the watchful eyes of an experienced ceramics artist. These instructors can ensure that kids are creating their crockery correctly since small classes of about 10 kids facilitate individual instructor-child attention. Classes are offered on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for kids ages 4 through 6 (a $100 value), and from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. for kids ages 7 through 10 (a $140 value), with the first class session on the first Thursday of each month.

122 Main St
Tiburon,
CA
US

FAA-certified instructors introduce newcomers to the majesty of flight at Golden Aero LLC with both on-the-ground training and hands-on experience behind the yoke. While learning how to navigate the skies, students can take in the stunning scenery from their lofty vantage points, gazing at the forests that look like toothpicks from overhead and discovering which mountains are balding.

Unknown
Golden,
CO
US

Run by Stanford University's coaches' education trainer Mike Legarza and boasting a camper return rate of 90%, Legarza Basketball Camp develops young dribblers in a structured environment of positive support and fundamental basketball instruction, valuing hard work and effort. Morning camps focus on shooting and ball handling, as orb-bouncers will learn the basics of scoring and protecting the basketball. Players will be divided into teams for the week and play one game per day with a tournament at the end of the week. Afternoon camps concentrate on gameplay, as youngsters will be introduced to gamesmanship and strategy, such as when to feed the ball to the 7-footer in the post and when to feed the ball to the siberian tiger spotting up for a three-pointer.

120 King St
Larkspur,
CA
US

The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.

Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.

430 Las Gallinas Ave
San Rafael,
CA
US

Leona Norman founded Marin Ballet more than 40 years ago, holding classes in her own home. As an internationally trained and acclaimed dancer, Norman hoped to bring the same high-quality teaching she experienced abroad to dancers of all ages in Northern California. At her studio, which has expanded greatly to fill a bright and spacious facility in San Rafael's historic Dominican neighborhood, the current staff pursues the same mission of high-quality dance education under the tutelage of artistic director Cynthia Lucas, who trained under Norman.

The studio now welcomes more than 600 adults and youths per year to hone their fancy footwork with a schedule of more than 100 classes per week. Ballet makes up the majority of Marin’s curriculum, with training programs that start wee ones as young as 3 years old on the path to learning advanced techniques and pointe skills into adulthood. To balance out ballet-heavy schedules, students can enlist in infusion training, which covers such styles as modern dance, Pilates, jazz, flamenco, and West African dance.

The students and their instructors also choreograph and present showcases and performances of such ballet classics as The Nutcracker, the beloved tale in which giant nuts ransack a village and are eventually destroyed by the heroic Nutcracker.

100 Elm St
San Rafael,
CA
US

During Simmer and Sear’s themed cooking classes—which won fifth place in SFGate’s 2010 Best of the Bay—chef Anna Hadley unravels the secrets and steps to creating quality cuisine. By combining choice ingredients and time-tested methods, she demonstrates that proper technique and flavor balance can transform any ordinary dish into a culinary delight or beautiful fruit hat. Working out of professional kitchens a variety of locations, including her own home in Nob Hill, as well as nearby loft spaces, converted firehouses, and suburban mansions, classes can include everything from creating swordfish kebabs from Morocco, India, and France, to culinary competitions where students design their own meals from surprise ingredients.

Chef Anna’s work at Simmer and Sear fulfills her decades-long search for the perfect career. After working for 10 years in the highly competitive world of fashion design, she merged her creative whims with her passion for cooking, eventually opening her own business where she helps others unleash their own culinary talents. Her fun, food-focused classes have even earned attention from the New York Times for their popularity among bachelorette parties, as well as other group events such as birthday parties and loosely interpreted square dances.

1451 Taylor St. Suite 12
San Francisco,
CA
US