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From MCAT prep to math drop-in help rooms: The Chronicle's guide to tutoring services on campus

<p>First-year Amory Williams' work space was the epitome of a study sprawl Tuesday night.</p>

First-year Amory Williams' work space was the epitome of a study sprawl Tuesday night.

Worried about that multivariable calculus midterm next Wednesday? 

The Chronicle compiled a list of learning resources offered at Duke to support student learning outside of the classroom, from MCAT prep courses to writing workshop services.

The Academic Resource Center provides multiple options for free tutoring:

  • Group Tutoring: For specific classes, students can sign up to be matched to small groups of 2-5 students and a tutor. Groups meet once per week.
  • Drop-In Tutoring: Although currently only offered on Zoom, drop-in tutoring is a service that allows students to receive help at specific times throughout the week. The classes and times offered can be found at the following link.
  • SAGE: The STEM Advancement through Group Engagement program provides students with an opportunity to engage in a small group study setting with a SAGE peer facilitator to discuss class topics. SAGE is offered for introductory biology, chemistry, math, physics and biochemistry courses.
  • GRE/MCAT Prep: The ARC offers informational sessions specifically targeted to students preparing to take the GRE and MCAT. These sessions review the structure and content of the test, resources for studying and practice tests.
  • Study Connect: The Study Connect program helps students connect with other students to form a study group for a specific course. A form matches students with others in their course looking for a study group.

Academic departments may also offer their own help services, beyond office hours:

  • The math department offers additional assistance to students taking introductory courses in drop-in help rooms. Students do not need to schedule appointments with tutors in order to attend. The department also has a website to connect students with private tutors.
  • The chemistry, physics and statistics departments have a list of private tutors to whom students can reach out.
  • The economics department offers course help and research support through EcoTeach, which offers students academic advising, private tutor lists and undergraduate research resources.
  • For all subjects that involve substantial writing components, the Thompson Writing Program Writing Studio allows students to receive feedback from consultants on their writing projects. For some courses, students can ask experienced alumni or staff for writing feedback on their projects through the Duke Reader Project.

Duke University Libraries has several research resources, including information sites and sessions:

  • Duke University Libraries has matched one residence hall librarian per East Campus residence hall to introduce and answer questions about library services and tools for students conducting research. 
  • Subject Specialists in the sciences and humanities can aid students in research for classes or projects.
  • The Ask a Librarian program allows students to schedule appointments with librarians of interest through the Perkins Library service desk, the library phone number or this consultation form.


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