Learning Supports

Learning Supports at UBC Okanagan provide students with a range of skills and strategies that encourage learning excellence and promote holistic development. Students are invited to access a wide variety of learning support resources that include free tutoring in writing, research, math and sciences, as well as help with study skills and learning strategies.


Learning Support Services

Math & Science Centre

The Math & Science Centre (MSC) is a friendly learning environment staffed by senior students who have mastered difficult material and can show you how to do the same. MSC tutors are available to help you understand difficult material, learn new concepts, and brush up on your problem solving skills. All tutoring is free so bring your questions and do your homework in a supportive environment.

For more information visit the Math & Science Centre website - http://students.ok.ubc.ca/learning-supports/msc.html.

Supplemental Learning Program

The Supplemental Learning (SL) program supports UBC Okanagan's highest risk courses. A high risk course is a first or second year course where most students will find the material difficult, where enrolment is high, and where the D or Failure rate is also high. The SL program places a successful senior student in the class who follows the lectures and then facilitates out of class sessions to help you understand the material. SL is in 29 of UBC's most challenging courses.

For more information visit the Supplemental Learning website - http://students.ok.ubc.ca/learning-supports/sl.html.

Writing & Research Centre

UBC Okanagan's Writing and Research Centre offers writing support for all undergraduate students working on any kind of writing assignment for a class. To get support for writing assignments an appointment is required.

For more information visit the Writing and Research Centre website - http://library.ok.ubc.ca/wrs/wrc.

Study Smart Program

A key to success in higher education is to develop new study habits. The Study Smart program has been introduced as a mandatory interactive session for all first year Chemistry students. This cohort was purposely chosen to capture all first year science students, as chemistry is a foundational requirement for all science students at UBC Okanagan. The goal of Study Smart is to help students understand how to organize themselves, their time, their notes, and their work space to ensure they study smarter, not longer.

Exam Jam

University exams can be intimidating, but they don't have to be. Join our team of tutors, faculty, and staff for Exam Jam and let us help you avoid pre-test stress and get prepared.

For more information, including Back to Basics and Exam Jam schedules, visit the Learning Seminar webpage – http://students.ok.ubc.ca/learning-supports/back-to-basics.html (note: this page will be modified to include 2016W seminar schedules).

Learning Coaches

Learning Coaches offer you individualized support, encourage exploration, and promote change in your study practices. Through a one-on-one strengths based conversation, Learning Coaches can help you improve your skills in time management, exam preparation, reading textbooks and note taking.

The Learning Coaches are located in the Advising & Involvement Centre, in UNC 207.

For more information, including the Learning Coaches schedule, visit the Learning Coaches webpage - http://students.ok.ubc.ca/advising/learning_support.html.

Learning Seminars

We are dedicated to providing you with the skills and knowledge you need to collaborate, share ideas, and learn outside the classroom. Learning Seminars provide you with the academic strategies and study skills you need to ease your university transition and increase your academic success.

Learning Seminars at UBC Okanagan include:

Back to Basics
Do you forget the math concepts you learned in high school? Don't worry, get Back to Basics!

A foundation in high school math is essential to success in university calculus, physics, and chemistry. Back to Basics seminars are tutor led, directly relate to course requirements, and guarantee to help you relearn those important math skills.

Online Resources

Do you like to learn things on your own, on your own time? Or perhaps you want to ask for help, but no one is available? Our comprehensive list of online resources should keep you busy for a while.

Get valuable strategies and information by selecting any of the resource topics. Whether you are looking to improve your skills, reach new goals, or try something different, our online resources can provide strategies and tips to help you grow.

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The Learning Process

There are many different approaches to learning and to learn effectively, it is important to tailor your study habits to your own needs. This often means understanding your interests, motivations, and tendencies that may influence your learning and choosing learning strategies that will maximize your strengths.
So what's your approach? Take the learning self assessment and find out!

Gain Valuable Skills

University learning experiences help prepare you for a career and life after university. Many of the skills you develop at university will serve you well in the world once you graduate. Here's a selection of key skills you'll need in the real world, that we can help you learn during your university experience.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Relating well with others
  • Responding to concerns
  • Motivating people
  • Assisting others
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Being a team player

Organizational Skills

  • Multitasking
  • Setting and attaining goals
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Planning
  • Time management

Leadership Skills

  • Decision-making
  • Evaluating
  • Planning
  • Initiating
  • Problem-solving
  • Team-building

Communication Skills

  • Explaining
  • Public speaking
  • Translating
  • Articulating
  • Instructing
  • Presenting
  • Training
  • Writing & editing

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