If you can think of anything you’d rather do than homework, you’ll love learning how to earn better grades in less time. By using the same study skills that the best students at the best colleges use, you’ll have time to make the most of your high school or college experience. We tailor our study skills courses and academic coaching to your specific situation. Schedule your free consultation today at (202) 615-7791 or info@smithrivas.com.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

TJ Prep

***NOW ENROLLING FOR CLASS OF 2022***

TJ Test Essay Class + Private Consultations

In this fun class designed by Dr. Nancy Levonian of Lives Under Construction and taught by Paul Rivas, students identify their STEM strengths, identify their character strengths, and solidify a vision of their future success.

Students practice writing the TJ SIS and essays in a 6-hour small-group class in Reston, and receive personalized editing suggestions in two 1-hour individual consultations online.

Students will strengthen their writing, and brainstorm until they have enough personal anecdotes to support the proposition that they will be superb TJ students. This improves students’ confidence and purpose, no matter where they end up studying in high school!

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$695.

Study Skills

Sustainable academic success and motivation for middle school students so they can learn more, earn better grades in less time, and go do cool stuff. Six hours total in 6 sessions in the student’s home, covering: Academic Personality Assessment, Time Management, Reading, Notetaking, Tests, and Papers.

$1350, in person or online.

Academic Coaching

Expert help with all aspects of academic success for students who benefit from increased accountability and organization, students who want to be pushed to achieve their goals, and students who are facing huge challenges or in crisis. Regular 30-min or 1-hr sessions, in the student’s home.

$225/hour, in person or online.

HIGH SCHOOL

Groups

Introduction to Acing High School (9th & 10th Grade) – Reston

Better grades in less time is the key to becoming a better college applicant!

In eight monthly 2-hour Friday evening sessions, students learn cutting-edge study skills, benefit from Ivy League-bound peer mentorship, and thrive under personalized expert academic coaching with other highly motivated STEM students interested in learning more and earning better grades in less time.

*This course is popular with students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, and takes place in Reston, VA.

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$795.


College Coaching for Juniors (11th Grade) – Reston

Junior year is your last chance to become a great college applicant!

In eight 2-hour Saturday morning sessions, students learn planning and leadership skills, advanced study skills including independent learning, and how to communicate their greatest strengths.

Students will also write the crucial “junior packet” that their high school counselors will require in order to write them great letters of recommendation.

*This course is popular with students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, and takes place in Reston, VA.

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$895.


***ALREADY FULL FOR 2017-18***

Capitol Hill ACES (Academic Coaching for Empowered Students) (9th-11th Grade) – DC

Better grades in less time is the key to thriving in high school and becoming a better college applicant!

In eight monthly 2-hour Sunday afternoon sessions, Capitol Hill high school students learn cutting-edge study skills, benefit from peer and adult mentorship, and thrive under personalized expert academic coaching with other students interested in learning more and earning better grades in less time.

*This course is being offered in Capitol Hill for the first time in 2017-18, in partnership with the Hill Center.

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$495.

Boot Camps

***NOW ENROLLING FOR SPRING BREAK 2018***

High School Study Skills Boot Camp (9th-11th Grade) – Annandale

In four 2-hour sessions, high school students learn cutting-edge study skills with other highly motivated students, just in time to raise second semester grades.

This camp is popular with students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, and takes place in Annandale, VA on March 26-29, 2018, 1-3pm.

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$295.


College Research Boot Camp (9th-11th Grade) – Annandale

College Research Camp is March 26-29, 2018, 9am-12pm in Annandale, VA.

This camp is popular with students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, and takes place in Annandale, VA March 26-29, 2018, 9am-12pm.

Camp flyer coming soon!

$495.

Study Skills

Sustainable academic success and motivation for high school students so they can learn more, earn better grades in less time, and go do cool stuff. Six hours total in 3-6 sessions in the student’s home, covering: Academic Personality Assessment, Time Management, Reading, Notetaking, Tests, and Papers.

$1350, in person or online.

Academic Coaching

Expert help with all aspects of academic success for students who benefit from increased accountability and organization, students who want to be pushed to achieve their goals, and students who are facing huge challenges or in crisis. Regular 30-min or 1-hr sessions, in the student’s home.

$225/hour, in person or online.

COLLEGE

Boot Camps

College Study Skills Boot Camp

In two 3-hour sessions, new and continuing college students learn cutting-edge college study skills with other highly motivated students.

This course is offered twice per year (late May & mid August) and is popular with students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology.

May 2018 Boot Camp flyer coming soon!

$295.

Study Skills

Sustainable academic success and motivation for college students so they can learn more, earn better grades in less time, and go do cool stuff. Six hours total in 2-6 sessions in the student’s home, covering: Academic Personality Assessment, Time Management, Reading, Notetaking, Tests, and Papers

$1350, in person or online.

Academic Coaching

Expert help with all aspects of academic success for students who benefit from increased accountability and organization, students who want to be pushed to achieve their goals, and students who are facing huge challenges or in crisis. Regular 30-min or 1-hr sessions, in the student’s home.

$225/hour, in person or online.

GRAD SCHOOL & CAREER

Academic Coaching

Expert help with all aspects of academic success for students who benefit from increased accountability and organization, students who want to be pushed to achieve their goals, and students who are facing huge challenges or in crisis. Regular 30-min or 1-hr sessions, in the student’s home.

$225/hour, in person or online.

Editing

Savvy, industry-specific editing of high-stakes documents – such as grad school admissions statements of purpose, fellowship applications, and cover letters – for students and professionals applying to the most competitive programs and companies.

$225/hour, in person or online.