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:


Semester Calendar

Aug 23, 2017

A semester long downloadable calendar for you to use to plan out your deadlines and milestones for the entire semester.  read more »

Weekly Calendar Tool

Aug 23, 2017

A downloadable PDF to manage your weekly calendar. read more »

What Happens to Best Laid Plans

May 31, 2017

This is Why I'll Never be an Adult I have repeatedly discovered that it is important for me not to surpass my capacity for responsibility.  Over the years, this capacity has grown, but the results of exceeding it have not changed. Normally, my capacity is exceeded gradually, through the... read more »


May 30, 2017

SkedPal is an application that allows you to integrate your calendar with your task list. While still in Beta, it has powerful features that allow you to prioritize and your tasks and identify what time you have available.  Come by the... read more »

26 Time Management Tricks I Wish I'd Known at 20

May 08, 2017

Most people learn time management the hard way: by trial and error. Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and... read more »

What Is Our Attention Really Worth?

Aug 03, 2015

Pay attention! We hear this command a lot, often from parents and teachers. People want to remind us to focus on what we’re doing. But I’ve been thinking about a more literal meaning: paying with our attention. Attention is a currency. We... read more »

The Procrastination Matrix

Mar 24, 2015

Back in high school, if you had asked me if I was a procrastinator, I would have said yes. High school students are given all these lectures about “pacing yourself” on longer projects, and I proudly paced myself less than almost anyone I knew. I never missed a deadline, but I only did anything the... 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 »