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04/18/91

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Continuing Studies to offer summer program to help students improve learning techniques

This summer, the Stanford Continuing Studies Program will offer, for the first time, "Design for Learning: Successful Stanford Strategies," a series of programs designed to help students from the fourth grade through college "learn smarter." The series will begin July 13 and run for four consecutive weekends.

As part of this program, half-tuition scholarships will be offered to students from schools throughout the Bay Area who are nominated by their principals. To be nominated, the student must have special academic talent, or have an ethnic or socio-economic background that would add to the diversity of the program's student body or be particularly likely to benefit from participation in the program.

The program will offer students current information about how to improve learning and increase their academic accomplishments. The instructor will be Stan Wanat, lecturer in Stanford's Center for Teaching and Learning. During the past five years, more than 1,500 Stanford students have taken courses from Wanat on how to improve their learning.

Said Wanat: "Large numbers of students lose time and miss opportunities because they haven't learned how to learn. Investing a small amount of time to assess your approaches to learning and to explore the strategies available to enhance learning can return very substantial dividends for the rest of your life."

There will be five separate tracks within the program, each aimed at a different age group.

For more information, or to enroll by phone, call (415) 725-2650.

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