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 Study Skills Specialist

    Paul Rivas is the author of This Book Will Not Be on the Test: The Study Skills Revolution, published January 2019 by 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.

    Paul 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.

    He lives in DC with his wife and Barry the Study Dog.

  • Laura Rivas
    Laura Rivas Study Skills Specialist

    Laura Rivas is proof that the benefits of good study skills & time management extend beyond the classroom.

    Her organizational and study skills contributed to her success in high school, college, and graduate school, and allowed time for extensive volunteering, a part-time job, study abroad in Querétaro, Mexico, and lots of travel.

    Laura has a Master of Public Policy & Master of Social Welfare from UCLA and a BA in Chicano/a Studies, Global Studies, Sociology, and Women’s Studies from UCSB.

    She lives her professional life in LA around calendars and to-do lists.