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:


Typical ADHD Behaviors: “OMG, So That’s Why I Do That?!”

May 29, 2017

“The ADHD world is curvilinear. Past, present, and future are never separate and distinct. Everything is now.” And that can complicate everyday life, work, and relationships. Here, Dr. William Dodson... read more »

Learning to Learn

Jan 01, 2017

Supporting a student with dyslexia should be no different from supporting any student.  Ideally, parents and teachers would nurture each young person as someone with a unique way of thinking, learning, and interacting with the world.  Since students with dyslexia face additional challenges in the... read more »

How Extended Time on Tests Helped Improve More Than Just Test Scores

Jan 01, 2017

This nightmare might sound familiar to you: You walk into an exam. You sit down. You stare at the sheets of paper in front of you as you listen to people scribble answers to questions that you yourself have no idea how to answer. You can... read more »

I Write With My Voice: How Dictation Helps Me Handle College Writing

Nov 28, 2016

Writing isn’t easy. Thinking of what you want to write, how to say it, and then getting the words down on paper can be difficult for everyone at times. Because of my ... read more »

The Story of My ADHD Evaluation in College

Mar 15, 2016

My attention issues finally caught up with me in my third year of college. I’d failed Human Anatomy for the second time and was struggling to deal with that. My bedroom looked like a tornado had hit it. And to make matters worse, I was constantly arguing with my parents. I’d reached the point where... read more »

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids

Oct 01, 2015

At a recent talk for special education teachers at the Los Angeles Unified School District, child development professor Maryanne Wolf urged educators to say the word dyslexia out loud. “Don’t ever succumb to the idea that it’s going to develop out of something, or that it’s a disease,” she... read more »

17 Illustrations That Are Incredibly Real For Anyone With ADD

Aug 18, 2015

No, you're not just ~distracted AF~. 1. ADD is more complicated than most people think.   Caroline Kee / Via BuzzFeed   Caroline Kee / Via BuzzFeed For starters, it's not always called ADD. In fact, it's now more often classified as... read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »