BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Parents looking for a meaningful gift to give
their high school senior should check out an online study guide by
a University at Buffalo professor who first created it as a
going-away-to-college guide for his stepdaughter.
The 10th anniversary edition of "How To Study: A Brief Guide"
available at http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~rapaport/howtostudy.html
by William J. Rapaport, PhD, UB professor of computer science and
engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has
helped students around the world improve their grades.
Rapaport, an affiliated faculty member in the departments of
philosophy and linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences and
member of the UB Center for Cognitive Science, created it in 1999
for college freshmen, based on techniques that he found successful
and on sources from the cognitive science literature.
Since then, students from throughout the U.S. and numerous
foreign countries, including India, Spain, China, Sweden and
Australia, have reported seeing their grades improve since applying
the techniques he suggests.
Using short, easy-to-read tips, accompanied by numerous clever
cartoons, the guide covers topics ranging from how students should
manage their time, why they should rewrite at home the notes they
took in class and why studying the hard subject first is always
Rapaport says he developed the ideas out of his own experience
when he switched disciplines, having majored in mathematics as an
undergraduate and then studying philosophy in graduate school.
"As a math major, I always read things slowly and carefully," he
says. "Because of the cumulative nature of math, I made sure I
understood everything before going on to a new topic. When I
started to study philosophy, I just applied the same techniques and
From that experience, he realized that study techniques that
worked in one discipline could be equally successful in another
And although Rapaport geared it toward the college freshman, he
has heard from online users that the techniques also work for high
school and middle school students; he has even heard from teachers
and parents who say it is helping their elementary-school-aged
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