Education: Help for the Brightest

Stanford University, often called the "Harvard of the West,"* has no problem filling its freshman class each year with straight-A students. Because good grades came so easily to these students in high school, however, many enter Stanford with slovenly and inefficient study habits. To their dismay, they discover that they have trouble handling the university's more rigorous academic demands.

Stanford has responded with a remedial program for the bright: the Learning Assistance Center (LAC), which offers courses in how to take classroom notes, use the library, prepare term papers, and budget study time efficiently. LAC, begun in 1972, now teaches more than...