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:


Not All Stress is Bad

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Dec 05, 2019

Psychology professor, Dr. Bridgette Martin Hard talks about different types of stress, and how the night-before-the-exam stress can actually be helpful!  read more about Not All Stress is Bad »

Final Exam Planner

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Dec 05, 2019

Ready to study for finals, but not sure where to start?    Use this Final Exam Planner... read more about Final Exam Planner »

Preparing for Finals

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Nov 26, 2019

  DO THE BEST ON THE TEST HOW TO PREP FOR A FINAL     Before the Final: Prepare KNOW THE EXAM: the content, format, and % of final course grade DISCONNECT: limit distractions (social media, texting, emails, Netflix). decrease work hours, say NO when needed STUDY... read more about Preparing for Finals »

How Do I Use Past Exams?

How Do I Use Past Exams?
Jan 05, 2018

There is a lot to learn from returned exams. Looking over past exams you can: Understand how the professor writes exam questions - if you are clear on what and how your professor asks questions will make it easier (and faster!) to interpret them on your next exam. Clarify... read more about How Do I Use Past Exams?  »

Memory & Review

Memory & Review
May 30, 2017

We forget about 50% of new material within 24 hours. The figure below illustrates how quickly we forget the majority of new material encountered.    So how can you remember? Below, you will find strategies for increasing memory retention, and... read more about Memory & Review »