Woman At College

SMITH RIVAS is a study skills and academic coaching company founded in 2014. We take research about how people learn and translate it into effective practices that students can use to succeed in their classes.

We’ve worked with students from 90 schools in the Washington DC area, and many more nationwide. We teach the smartest kids in the country, the least fortunate, and everybody in between.

SMITH RIVAS students learn how to design and manage their own success, and are now thriving at colleges 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.