Learning Resources

Below are a series of articles, tools and links to help you maximize your academic capabilities. These include materials generated by Learning Consultants at the ARC, as well as non-Duke experts. Using the menu below, you may filter this material to view information on the following topics:


Exercise Is ADHD Medication

Sep 29, 2014

Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance. Electrophysiological plots representing brain processing capacity and mental workload (P3 amplitude... read more »

Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren't the same thing

Sep 18, 2014

Would you like paper or plasma? That's the question book lovers face now that e-reading has gone mainstream. And, as it turns out, our brains process digital reading very differently.... read more »

To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand

May 01, 2014

Students do worse on quizzes when they use keyboards in class. Psych 101 was about to start, and Pam Mueller had forgotten her laptop at home. This meant more than lost Facebook time. A psychology grad student at Princeton, Mueller was one of the class teaching assistants. It was important she have... read more »

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate

Oct 30, 2013

pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-| noun the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to avoid procrastination. Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution... read more »

6 Things You Should Say to Your Professor

Feb 19, 2013

You’re in a bind or you’re totally confused. What should you say to your professor? Everything you read about speaking to professors warns that you shouldn’t tick them off, ruin their impression of you or say something to sink you further. But should you keep your mouth shut? No! I’ve witnessed 14-... read more »

The Adult ADHD Mind: Executive Function Connections

Apr 01, 2006

A chef who can’t find her ingredients. An orchestra trying to play without a conductor. Thomas Brown, Ph.D. uses these metaphors — as well as a strong dose of hard-hitting science — to break down what’s really going on in the mind of an adult with ADHD. Read on for clarity. For decades, the... read more »