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:

   

What Is Our Attention Really Worth?

What Is Our Attention Really Worth?
Aug 03, 2015

Pay attention! We hear this command a lot, often from parents and teachers. People want to remind us to focus on what we’re doing. But I’ve been thinking about a more literal meaning: paying with our attention. Attention is a currency. We... read more about What Is Our Attention Really Worth? »

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

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

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 »

The Procrastination Matrix

The Procrastination Matrix
Mar 24, 2015

Back in high school, if you had asked me if I was a procrastinator, I would have said yes. High school students are given all these lectures about “pacing yourself” on longer projects, and I proudly paced myself less than almost anyone I knew. I never missed a deadline, but I only did anything the... read more about The Procrastination Matrix »

Exercise Is ADHD Medication

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 about Exercise Is ADHD Medication »

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 »

To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand

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 about To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand »

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate

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 about Why Procrastinators Procrastinate »

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 about 6 Things You Should Say to Your Professor »

The Adult ADHD Mind: Executive Function Connections

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 about The Adult ADHD Mind: Executive Function Connections »

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