Academic Support

So much to learn, so little time! Take advantage of the many resources designed to help you meet your academic goals.

Workshops and Tutoring

Learning Commons – The Learning Commons offers a variety of services, including workshops and tutoring. Get help with your study skills, research techniques, time management, and more.

AMS Tutoring – Free drop-in and online tutoring on a variety of subjects is available to first and second year students. Paid appointment tutoring and a tutor registry is available to students in any year.

UBC Writing Centre— Improve your writing by taking a non-credit course offered through the Writing Centre. English 98 or 99 can help you prepare for the LPI. The centre also offers a free tutoring clinic.

Math Tutoring – Free drop-in tutoring led by Math Department Teaching Assistants.

Askaway Chat Reference Service – Log in to Askaway to chat with Library staff, search electronic sources together, and learn to improve your web search.

Access & Diversity Peer Tutoring – Access & Diversity offers a free peer tutoring program for registered students with disabilities.

English Language Resources – There are a variety of programs offered at UBC that allow you to improve and practice your English language skills, including the English Language Institute and the Tandem Language Program.

Academic Integrity

Guide to Academic Integrity – Make sure you understand the importance of contributing original work, and the consequences of plagiarism.

Ryerson University’s Online Academic Integrity Tutorial – Entertaining and enlightening lessons on academic integrity

In Pursuit of Excellence

Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) – This conference celebrates the contributions of undergraduate research at UBC.

Student Directed Seminars – Seize the opportunity to suggest, develop, and facilitate a for-credit course not currently offered at UBC, or participate in a fellow student’s seminar.

People to See and Places to Be

Your Teaching Assistant (TA) —  Teaching Assistants are usually graduate students in a Masters or PhD program related to the course they are helping facilitate. Your TA is there to help your professor help you, so don’t be shy!

Your Professor – Need a concept clarified? Visit your professor during office hours to get your questions answered.

Your Classmates – Introduce yourself to other students in your class; you can support each other’s learning through discussion.

Academic Advisors – Your faculty, school, or program advisors can help you explore academic options and plan your upcoming year.

Peer Academic Coaching – Visit the Chapman Learning Commons in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre for Peer Academic Coaching, offered on a drop-in basis Monday to Friday, 11am-4pm.

AMS Advocacy Office – A confidential service that provides assistance and representation to students involved in conflict with the university, including academic appeals, plagiarism, parking disputes, etc.

Ombudsperson for Students – UBC Ombuds works with UBC Community members to ensure students are treated fairly and can learn, work, and live in a fair, equitable, and respectful environment.

First Nations House of Learning – Provides learning support and services to UBC’s Aboriginal community.

Online Resources

Learning Commons — The Learning Commons is not only a physical study space, but also an online resource with tips on writing, note taking, critical thinking, time management, and more.

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication — If you need some help working on your writing process, take a moment to explore resources available.

UBC Library – A variety of research resources is provided, including tips on  planning your research, finding resources, and evaluating & citing sources.

Connect – This is UBC’s online course management system. Chances are that most of your classes will have an online component on Connect. Depending on your instructor, it may include course syllabi, sample exams, assignment details, and discussion boards.

Exam Guidelines – Get tips for what to bring to your exam, and what to do before, during, and directly afterward.

Distance Learner’s Guide – UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology provides a range of online resources for students registered in distance learning courses.

RefWorks – Use RefWorks to store references from databases and library catalogues. It will even automatically format your citations and bibliography.