Learning Online - For Families

For Families Supporting Students

The coming academic year will be challengeing for many students, in many ways. With support from all of us, our students will get through it.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is offering all it's services online (learning consultations, peer tutoring,  study groups, and test prep). The ARC, and the entire Duke community, are here to help students  successfully navigate this new mode of learning. As students learn online, here some ways you can provide support.

Physical & Emotional Space

Learning remotely requires a physical environment with minimal distractions where students can participate in virtual classes, study, and complete assignments. Classes may happen synchronously (in real-time) and/or asynchronously (on your own time). It may be helpful to discuss how your household will prioritize and use shared resources such as quiet spaces, internet, etc.

Students are still figuring out how to navigate this new mode of learning and may need support. Remember they were living independently before this occurred, so only offer support if requested or if you notice students struggling.


This time is different from other times students were home for break; it is not a vacation but rather students are doing their semester from a new location.

Due to their flexible online class schedules, they may not be available for some family events like meals or game nights. You may need to be clear about their expected role in contributing to household chores.

Courses may require synchronous meetings in other time zones (course lectures, discussion sessions, group project meetings) as well lots of asynchronous work in addition to classes.

Some students will want to talk a lot about what has happened and some will not. Notice changes in their emotional well-being and offer support and guidance. Visit Duke’s Keep Learning website for additional resources and to stay up to date on the most current information at Duke United

This document was adapted from the For Families: How to Support Students’ Remote Learning page developed by the Learning Strategies Center at Cornell University.