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:


Advice for Students: How to Talk to Professors

May 26, 2017

A while back, I recommended that students get to know their professors. I realize, though, that many students are intimidated or put off by their professors. This is... read more »

In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As Ever

May 27, 2015

I confess. I'm a notebook nut. I own dozens and dozens of them. Everything from cheap reporter's notebooks to hand-crafted Italian leather beauties. I wondered: Am I an analog dinosaur, or are there others out there like me? The first stop in my investigation was, frankly, discouraging. At first... 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 »

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 »