River City Workshops improves student’s test taking skills through programs designed to develop each student’s ability to exceed their testing potential. These workshops cover general and specific test taking strategies that will increase familiarity with both the content and type of questions included in the tests. Increased composite scores secure college admission and various scholarships including the Tennessee and Georgia HOPE Scholarships.

ACT Workshops cover general information about the tests as well as individual sections for the ACT in English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing. (view schedule)

SAT Workshops cover general information about the test and individually cover the Critical Reading, Math and Writing. PSAT workshops currently cover the new test format including the Reading, Writing and Math test sections. (view schedule)

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: Dianne is now offering Private Tutoring for $150/hour (2 hour minimum). Contact Dianne 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. Bella developed and taught workshops ranging from faculty and guidance in-services to entire grade levels. The workshops cover the following standardized tests: NEDT, PLAN, PSAT, ACT and SAT. These workshops have proven to accommodate a diverse population of students, generating an average score increase of 4-8 points on the ACT and 150-200 points on the SAT. Bella was also mentioned in article in Chattanooga’s City Scope magazine.


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

  • Baylor
  • GPS
  • 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
  • Dalton State
  • Bradley Central
  • Ooltewah
  • St. Andrews-Sewanee
  • McMinn County
  • Brainerd
  • David Brainerd