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:

   

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

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

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

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

Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren't the same thing

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 about Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren't the same thing »