River City Workshops offers a variety of Workshops that focus on improving student’s test taking skills through programs designed to develop each student’s ability to exceed their testing potential.  With 26 years’ experience, River City has served over 23, 000 students compiling an average increase score of 3-8 points on the ACT with outliers in the 10-12 point range increase. A consistent point increase of over 200 points on the PSAT/SAT has led to many of River City’s students becoming National Merit Scholars and earning full scholarships. 

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ACT and SAT Workshops cover Subject-specific test taking strategies that will increase familiarity with the content and type of questions included in the tests. Individualized plans of action allow each student to study and learn according to their needs, knowledge and circumstance.  Each student will receive a Test Prep Workbook written by Mrs. Bruce with content related Study Guides written by multiple English and Math Teachers. Through training, knowledge and experience, Mrs. Bruce has developed a workshop that is designed to prepare students until test day with a bonus study plan which includes multiple retired released tests and explanatory answers.

Each student will participate in classroom instruction and a workbook that has an additional 10 hours of supplementary work. The workbook includes: actual retired test questions with explanatory answers, English and Math reviews, clearly outlined content overviews for each subsection, quick tip study guides and retired test.

Private Tutoring: focuses on the individual needs of the student in a one on one setting. Each Private tutoring need is different and Mrs. Bruce focuses on an individualized plan for each student to prepare them to succeed. Typically, an assessment is the first step in private tutoring, then an individualized plan is developed for each person.  Private Tutoring is offered at the Cherokee Boulevard office site on Weekdays and weekends for $150/hour (2 hour minimum). Small Group Tutoring is also available for groups of 4 or more for $95 per person/per hour.  Contact Mrs. Bruce to schedule a time.

Dianne Bruce
Dianne Bruce

Bella Dianne Bruce, owner and teacher, created River City Workshops in 1993 while completing her MED in Guidance and Counseling.

After teaching ACT and SAT classes at UTC, she expanded the business to include on-site workshops at area high schools. Mrs. Bruce has developed workshops ranging from faculty and guidance in-services to entire grade level preps. These workshops have proven to accommodate a diverse population of students, generating an average score increase of 3-8 points on the ACT and 150-200 points on the SAT. She also offers services in College Guidance.

Over the past 20 years Bella Dianne Bruce has offered Workshops at:

  • Baylor
  • GPS East Ridge High School
  • Howard High School
  • Tyner Academy
  • UTC
  • Central High School
  • Red Bank High School
  • Hixson High School
  • Dalton State
  • Bradley Central
  • Ooltewah
  • St. Andrews-Sewanee
  • McMinn County High School
  • Chattanooga Christian
  • Notre Dame High School
  • CSAS
  • Soddy Daisy High School
  • East Ridge High School
  • Howard High School
  • Tyner Academy
  • UTC
  • Central High School
  • Red Bank High School
  • Hixson High School
  • Girls Leadership Academy
  • Dalton State
  • Bradley Central
  • Ooltewah
  • St. Andrews-Sewanee