Woman At College

SMITH RIVAS is a study skills and academic coaching company founded in 2014 with offices in Washington DC and Los Angeles. We take research about how people learn and translate it into practical study skills that students can use to succeed in school, work, and life.

We’ve worked with students from more than 100 schools in the Washington DC area, and many more nationwide. We teach the most accomplished kids in the country, the biggest slackers, and everybody in between.

SMITH RIVAS students learn how to design and manage their own success, and are now thriving at universities as different as Caltech, Harvard, and Howard.

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  • Paul Rivas
    Paul Rivas Director

    Paul Rivas is the author of This Book Will Not Be on the Test: The Study Skills Revolution, coming March 2019 from Rowman & Littlefield.

    Prior to discovering study skills he studied literature in Mexico City, backpacked from Spain to Syria, performed stand-up comedy in Spanish in Buenos Aires, and traveled from Argentina to the United States by bus.

    Rivas has a BA in Mathematics, Sociology, and Spanish from UC Santa Barbara, and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from The New School.