Referring Students for Academic Support

Faculty and staff who have concerns about undergraduate students in their courses may contact Donna Hall, Director, or call 919-684-5917.  In certain special cases, the ARC may initiate contact with a student to explore his or her needs and offer support.  Normally, however, students whom you refer to the Academic Resource Center are expected to schedule their own appointments by calling 919-684-5917.

The Academic Skills Instructional Program (ASIP) offers confidential one-on-one study skills conferences with an ASIP learning specialist.  Our staff includes specialists in mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  Students are encouraged to gain a greater understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and to develop strategies useful in managing the large amount of reading, writing and problem-solving they are expected to accomplish at Duke.  Instruction is offered in time-task management, reading efficiency, note-taking, test-preparation and test-taking.  Most of the time students can secure a consultation with a learning specialist within one week from the time they call. Appointments can be made by calling 919-684-5917.

The Peer Tutoring Program (PTP)

Students requesting a peer tutor may begin the process by filling out the online application on the ARC website.  The Peer Tutoring Program (PTP) provides free peer tutoring in introductory-level mathematics, chemistry, physics, economics, engineering, languages and computer science.  Questions about peer tutoring may be directed to

The Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) offers classroom interventions and academic support to undergraduate students with diagnosed learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.  Students requesting support may call 919-684-5917 to arrange to have their clinical documentation reviewed and to schedule an appointment with Reed Culver, Learning Specialist.  Academic support and classroom interventions include testing time and environment interventions and one-on-one academic support via our Academic Instructional Skills Program.  The student's faculty and dean will be notified about approved testing and classroom interventions, and students are expected to discuss the implementation of such interventions with their professors at least one week prior to a test or in-class assignment.  Faculty have the right to deny such interventions if the student fails to meet these guidelines.  For any questions about a student receiving support through the PSD, contact Reed Culver, Learning Specialist, or the PSD Coordinator, Ute Wittmann Pair, at 919-684-9398. 

Other Resources

  • The Writing Studio ( provides both face-to-face and e-tutoring appointments through which Duke undergraduate and graduate students can discuss their writing concerns.  The Writing Studio is staffed by graduate and postgraduate student tutors from different disciplines.  All Writing Studio tutors go through extensive on-going training and some tutors have trained to work with non-native speakers.  Students can schedule appointments online.
  • Duke University Libraries ( provide Duke students with expert support for their research questions through IM, e-mail, phone, or visits to the library.  One-on-one research consultations are available by appointment with professional subject librarians.  Students may contact reference librarians or schedule a research consultation by going to
Departmental Resources

A number of departments provide help rooms or resource rooms staffed by faculty, graduate students or TAs who support student learning in specific courses in those disciplines.  Some operate on a drop-in basis, and others require that students sign up ahead of the scheduled hours.

And departments, in general, keep lists of private tutors in their disciplines. See department websites for what resources are available and how and when they function.

Academic Advising
  • Trinity College of Arts and Sciences ( provides an advising system for Duke undergraduates which includes a primary academic advisor, an assigned academic dean, as well as specialists who assist students with study abroad decisions, internships and careers, and application to graduate and professional schools.
  • Pratt School of Engineering ( provides a similar system of primary advisors and deans for their undergraduate students.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) ( ) provides confidential initial assessments for students' individual psychological concerns as well as brief counseling/therapy.  They offer psychiatric services, different forms of psychotherapy, and a variety of personal growth services.  Their website describes in detail how students may schedule an appointment and what they can expect.