For 9th and 10th Grade StudentsRegister and Pay for Introduction to Acing High School for 9th & 10th Grades (2018-19)
8 Saturday classes for two hours each includes time for both instruction and individualized problem-solving. Limit of twelve students per class.
- Saturday Dates:
2018: Sep 15, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 15
2019: Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 13
- Time: 2pm – 4pm or 4:30pm – 6:30pm
- Location: 1900 Campus Commons Dr., Suite 100, Reston, VA 20191
- Price: $795 Includes 16 hours of instruction.
The main task for early high school students is to identify where they want to direct their efforts, and to find opportunities to start honing specialized abilities. In this class we start by learning about and then monitoring our study skills. Our goal: better grades in less time! Later in the class we design our individualized high school course plans, conduct guided research into extracurricular opportunities, and plan for leadership in school and community service.
In this class, I explain how high school success is a like a three-legged chair, with three essential supports:
- Skill Development (through both academic and extra-curricular activities)
Students work to define personal and extra-curricular strengths and making realistic plans with tangible steps to reach our goals. Start high school knowing how to build your unique academic and extracurricular skills that will help you get into a quality college, and how to succeed once you get there.
This course teaches study skills for students who want to learn more, have more fun, and earn better grades in less time. In our five two-hour meetings students will learn:
- Academic personality assessment – Figure out your strengths and goals, then plan accordingly.
- Time Management – Schedule efficiently so he can do more fun stuff and cure procrastination.
- Note-Taking – Write down only the right info to save time on studying and papers.
- Reading – Read even the toughest material without spacing out, and remember it.
- Studying Effectively – Be half a step ahead in her classes so she can take an extracurricular trip if one comes up.
- Multiple Choice vs. Essay vs. Math/Science Exam Strategies – Know what’s on the test before it’s announced.
- Writing Papers – Learn to love huge assignments; anybody who doesn’t is doing it wrong.
We teach about sustainable academic success and motivation for students who want to keep up their excellent academic performance while taking their extracurricular interest to the next level. We continue to monitor study skill habits and effectiveness, but also learn about speaking skills, how to become everyone’s classroom favorite, leadership skills, and thinking about long-term goals.
Taught by Paul Rivas of Smith Rivas Academic Coaching and Counseling.
Thank you for teaching Emilie such important skills in a fun, engaging way. I know that, all year long, she has been implementing the study skills you taught her last summer. I just wanted to reaffirm how much she got out of those sessions with you.
– Maria Mahoney, parent of a successful college freshman
Paul Rivas had a great way of connecting with my daughter and really individualizing study skills and time management tips for her.
– Jane Carey, parent of a rising college freshman
I participated in the “Mentoring Your Teenager” seminar last summer. You are very knowledgeable and experienced. You know how to help parents to see what their kid’s passion is. You also help parents like to me to see the big picture of my kids’ next phase. This helped me to put all “the puzzles” together. I’m still benefiting from your seminar, thank you!
– Jennifer Fan