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:


Speed Reading is Bullshit

Jan 23, 2017

Speed Reading is Bullshit Reading is important. That goes without saying. However, we’re also busy. And when we’re busy we take short cuts. While we want to read better — that is to read for... read more »

How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists

May 09, 2016

From vaccinations to climate change, getting science wrong has very real consequences. But journal articles, a primary way science is communicated in academia, are a different format to newspaper articles or blogs and require a level of skill and undoubtedly a greater amount of patience. Here... read more »

Lost in a Sea of Yellow: Teaching Students a Better Way to Highlight

May 06, 2015

A lot of students are in love with their highlighters, especially those bright, fluorescent-colored ones. They use them to highlight course materials, sometimes underlining whole pages of text. When I first saw a text so fluorescent that it all but glowed, I wondered why in the world somebody would... 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 »

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

Apr 11, 2013

E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages In a viral YouTube video from October 2011 a one-year-old girl sweeps her fingers... read more »