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Academic Resources for Students

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

Location: Conference Center Rooms 2002, 3002 and 4002

Email: DKU-arc@dukekunshan.edu.cn

Website: https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/en/academics/advising/arc

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides content-based tutoring and academic coaching, as well as hosts academic success workshops. You can find a flyer of the ARC here.

Tutoring Philosophy

Tutoring in the ARC is facilitated using the Socratic method, meaning tutors incorporate course concepts, discussion, peer interaction, and critical thinking to ask and answer questions. Students are encouraged to explain how they arrived at answers and their thought process. Students are shown instructor-approved strategies, if they are unable to explain how they arrived at their answers, or their understanding of key terms and concepts is not aligned with course learning outcomes.

Courses with Tutoring Support

Session 1, Fall 2019

  • MATH 101 – Calculus (Xiaoqian Xu)
  • MATH 201 – Multivariable Calculus (Zhe Liu)
  • MATH 202 – Linear Algebra (Yingzhou Li)
  • PHYS 121 – Integrated Science: Physics (Kai Huang)
  • CHEM 110 – Integrated Science: Chemistry (Daisy Zhang)
  • BIOL 110 – Integrated Science: Biology (Chung Chang)
  • STATS 101 – Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods (Andrew MacDonald)
  • ECON 101 – Economics Principles (Xiaochen Zhang)
  • ECON 201 – Intermediate Microeconomics I (Jingbo Cui)
  • GLOCHALL 201 – Global Challenges in Science, Technology and Health (Daniel Lim, Scott MacEachern, William Parsons, William Winner)

Session 2, Fall 2019

  • MATH 101 – Calculus (Lewis Blake, Shixin Xu)
  • MATH 201 – Multivariable Calculus (Zhe Liu, Efstathiou Konstantinos)
  • MATH 202 – Linear Algebra (Donna Molinek)
  • PHYS 101 – Frontiers of 21st Century Physics (Changcheng Zheng, Wei Ji)
  • PHYS 121 – Integrated Science: Physics (Kai Huang)
  • PHYS 122 – General Physics II (Jian-Guo Liu, Myung-Joong Hwang)
  • CHEM 110 – Integrated Science: Chemistry (Kai Zhang)
  • CHEM 210 – General Chemistry II (Daisy Zhang)
  • BIOL 110 – Integrated Science: Biology (Anastasia Tsigkou, Sophia Sarafova)
  • BIOL 201 – Cell and Molecular Biology (Eric Spana)
  • COMPSCI 101 – Introduction to Computer Science (Daniel Lim)
  • STATS 101 – Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods (Andrew MacDonald)
  • STATS 102 – Introduction to Data Science (Ming Li)
  • ECON 101 – Economics Principles (Xiaochen Zhang)
  • ECON 201 – Intermediate Microeconomics I (Jingbo Cui)
  • ECON 202 – Intermediate Microeconomics II (Jingbo Cui)
  • SOSC 102 – Introduction to Research Methods (Mengqi Wang, Yu Wang)
  • GLOCHALL 201 – Global Challenges in Science, Technology and Health (Daniel Lim, Scott MacEachern, William Parsons, William Winner)

Notes:

  • In parentheses are the names of the faculty members who teach the course. 
  • Courses in red might not have tutoring support from the ARC due to staffing shortages in Fall 2019. However, we are working our best to identify alternative resources for learning support for these courses.  

Tutor Team

The tutor team in the ARC is composed of Academic Success Tutors (ASTs) and Undergraduate Peer Tutors (UPTs).

ASTs are full-time staff working at the ARC. They primarily serve as facilitators of independent learning through student development, tutoring, and academic success strategy. Prior to the start of a session, ASTs meets with instructors to discuss course topics, support needed, and resources offered by the ARC. They then sit in the class by invitation of the instructor. Throughout the session, ASTs meet with their assigned instructors regularly to discuss the tutorial plan inclusive of key terms, concepts, and learning outcomes. ASTs also serve as mentors for the UPTs.

UPTs are undergraduate students who have excelled in the course(s) they tutor and have demonstrated strong study skills and academic habits, as well as the ability to facilitate discussions on course content. UPTs directly report to their assigned ASTs, and will also be in contact with the Associate Dean for Academic Advising. The Undergraduate Peer Tutor program provides student-centered resources designed to help students develop independent learning strategies, collaborative skills, and self-assessment. UPTs are critical components of the ARC to provide high-quality content-based academic support to DKU undergraduates.

Tutoring Formats

A variety of tutoring formats are offered to accommodate the different learning preferences of students at DKU, including drop-in group tutoring, appointment-based 1-on-1 tutoring, pre-exam review sessions, and fixed-member study groups.

  • Drop-in group tutoring is offered for each course in the list above by ASTs and/or UPTs several times per week.
  • Appointment-based 1-on-1 tutoring can be requested by sending emails to the ARC at DKU-arc@dukekunshan.edu.cn in advance.
  • Pre-exam review sessions are held several days before quizzes and exams by ASTs for some of the courses in the list above based on course structure and student demand.
  • Fixed-member study groups have 4-5 tutees per group who are required to meet and learn together under ASTs’ and/or UPTs’ guidance once a week. This pilot format will be launched for the following 4 courses in Session 1, Fall 2019 and may be applied to more courses in Session 2, Fall 2019.
    • MATH 101 – Calculus
    • CHEM 110 – Integrated Science: Chemistry 
    • BIOL 110 – Integrated Science: Biology 
    • STATS 101 – Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods

Academic Success Workshops

  • Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program (ASP) is a certificate program which involves a set of academic success workshops targeted on first-year students. By participating in these workshops, students will learn academic success skills on time management, procrastination control, stress management, motivation and goal setting. A certificate for completion will be issued by ARC to students committed with full attendance.

Agenda:

    • Study skills
    • Time management and procrastination
    • Academic stress management
    • Motivation and goal setting
    • Closing ceremony

You can find a flyer about ASP here.

  • Fridays @ ARC Event

Fridays @ ARC aim to introduce the mission of the ARC and the responsibility of tutors and advisors to students. By participating in these events, students will have a better understanding of what kind of support ARC would provide and get familiar with ARC staff. The faculty guest talk part is one of the activities in the event to let faculty share their academic journey and success skills. Through this activity, students will have closer talk with faculty outside of the classroom and get advice on academic planning, major choosing, academic achievements, etc.

Language and Culture Center

Contact: Don Snow (don.snow@dukekunshan.edu.cn)

The Language and Culture Center (LCC) is the DKU academic division responsible for offering language courses, especially courses in English for Academic Purposes and Chinese as a Second Language. The LCC also offers advanced courses in written and oral communication skills, and independent study courses for learning additional languages.

Writing and Language Studio

Contact: Kris Hiller (kristin.hiller@dukekunshan.edu.cn), Assistant Professor of English Language and Associate Director for the Writing and Language Studio

The goal of the Writing and Language Studio (WLS) is to promote a culture of continuous language learning at DKU and provide support for the development of language, (intercultural) communication, and independent learning skills. It is open to students, faculty, staff, and DKU community members.

The WLS offers learning support in the following areas:

    • Academic Writing
    • Academic English Skills (e.g., presentation skills, reading skills, pronunciation)
    • Chinese Language Learning 
    • Third Language Learning (for students who are proficient in English and Mandarin)

The WLS is implementing a coaching model to underscore the importance of the development of independent learning skills and strategies and promote metacognition and reflection. As such, sessions will be driven by the learners and their specific needs. It is important for students (and faculty and advisors) to understand that the WLS will not “fix” or edit student writing. Rather, faculty and writing coaches will provide feedback as readers and help writers develop awareness, skills, and strategies to improve their writing. Nor will the WLS faculty design traditional language lessons for the learners (with the exception of credit-bearing third-language courses). The learners will be guided as they develop plans for their learning based on their own needs and interests. WLS faculty and coaches will provide support, suggestions, feedback, and opportunities for language practice.

Career Services

The Career Services Office at Duke Kunshan University is committed to assisting graduate and undergraduate students as well as alumni with discovering and refining their career pathways and ultimately realizing their future career goals. 

The Career Services Office offers a wide range of resources and services, including online and offline resources & tools for career development, one-on-one career coaching, workshops series, career events, and specialized career programs etc. The office also actively connects with different employers and alumni, aiming at providing more resources and opportunities to students.

Students are encouraged to visit the Career Services Office frequently and make the most of their DKU experience by leveraging different resources and services provided by the office. During an early visit to the Career Service office, the career coaches can help students think about their goals and values and how these may relate to opportunities they are interested in pursuing. Career coaches can also connect students with resources to help further explore and refine their goals and aspirations, administer and interpret interest inventories, and help students become better aware of paths they might not have otherwise considered. The career coaches will be students’ career development partners throughout their journey at DKU and beyond.