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Hill Center - April 2018

“Better Grades in Less Time” – Hill Center, Washington DC – April 22, 3pm

If you can think of anything you’d rather do than homework, you’ll love learning how to earn better grades in less time!

In this small-group introduction to time management and study skills, middle school and high school students and parents will learn the same skills that the most successful students at the best colleges use. These skills are ideal for students whose grades don’t reflect how cool and smart they are, students with learning differences, serious athletes, and STEM superstars.

SMITH RIVAS director Paul Rivas will help students develop fun strategies to improve their time management, reading, notetaking, tests, and papers. Participants will leave with three simple tools to improve their organization and study skills, and a pencil that will remind them to strive for better grades in less time.

Class size limited to 10.

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Middle Schools


Cornerstone (DC)

St. Peter (DC)

Grace Brethren Christian (MD)

Maryvale (MD)

Washington Episcopal School (MD)

Alexandria Country Day School (VA)

Westminster (VA)



Basis (DC)

Capital City (DC)

Deal (DC)

Eliot-Hine (DC)

Stuart-Hobson (DC)

Two Rivers (DC)

Washington Latin (DC)

North Bethesda (MD)

Pyle (MD)

HB Woodlawn (VA)

High Schools


Stanford Online High School

Blyth-Templeton Academy (DC)

Emerson (DC)

Field School (DC)

Georgetown Day (DC)

Gonzaga (DC)

Maret (DC)

Sidwell Friends (DC)

St. John’s (DC)

Washington International School (DC)

Barrie (MD)

DeMatha (MD)

Elizabeth Seton (MD)

Georgetown Prep (MD)

Gilman (MD)

Good Counsel (MD)

Holton-Arms (MD)

Loyola Blakefield (MD)

McLean (MD)

McNamara (MD)

St. Andrew’s Episcopal (MD)

Oakcrest (VA)

Potomac (VA)

Virginia Academy (VA)

College Preparatory Academy (CA)

Laguna Blanca (CA)

Village Academy (TX)



Basis (DC)

Eastern (DC)


McKinley Tech (DC)

Richard Wright (DC)

School Without Walls (DC)

Somerset Prep (DC)

Thurgood Marshall Academy (DC)

Washington Latin (DC)

Washington Math/Science/Technology (DC)

Wilson (DC)

Centennial (MD)

Howard (MD)

Walter Johnson (MD)

Montgomery-Blair (MD)

Eleanor Roosevelt (MD)

Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy (MD)

Walt Whitman (MD)

Chantilly (VA)

Edison (VA)

Justice (VA)

Langley (VA)

Oakton (VA)

Robinson (VA)

Rock Ridge (VA)

TC Williams (VA)

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (VA)

West Springfield (VA)

Yorktown (VA)

Dos Pueblos (CA)

Santa Barbara (CA)

Westlake (CA)

Barron-Collier (FL)



American University

Benedict College

Brandeis University


Carnegie Mellon University

Chapman University

Columbia University

Dartmouth University

Elon University*

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Harvard University

Howard University*

Juniata College

University of Miami

Morehouse College

Stanford University

St. Joseph’s University

St. Lawrence University*

St. Olaf College

Tufts University

Wake Forest University

Washington University in St. Louis

Williams College*

Wooster College





Clemson University

George Mason University*

James Madison University

Miami University

University of Michigan

Montgomery County Community College

University of North Carolina*

Northern Virginia Community College

University of Oregon

Penn State University

Santa Barbara City College

University of the District of Columbia

University of the District of Columbia Community College

University of South Carolina

University of Virginia*

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech University

University of Washington

College of William & Mary

(*) denotes NCAA Student-Athletes