Self-guided 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?

Learn valuable strategies and information by exploring the free resources available to you. 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.


Explore resources to build your language and writing skills.

Grammar practice

Vocabulary building

Academic writing

  • Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL): The essential online resource for all questions regarding academic writing, including essay formats, academic writing styles for different disciplines, grammar, and citation styles.
  • Academic Phrasebank (University of Manchester): A collection of useful academic expressions that you can use to help write research reports and essays (e.g. comparing, describing statistics, and explaining causality).
  •  Using English for Academic Purposes (UEFAP) Writing Genres: An overview of the most common elements and writing genres found in academic writing. The overviews and exercises can help you organize your essay and reports.
  • Don’t miss checking out the Academic Integrity and Referencing & Citing tabs below.

English for special purposes




  • Mathwords: Defines, illustrates, and exemplifies terms and formulas from beginning algebra to calculus

Academic Integrity Resources

Do you have a passing grade in Academic Integrity? These resources can help improve your knowledge of all things related to being a successful and honest scholar.

Check out our Academic Integrity page for more information on academic integrity, misconduct, learning opportunities, and support available at UBCO.

Academic Integrity

UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar POLICIES

Learn all about academic integrity

Avoiding plagiarism

Referencing & citing

When you use the words or ideas of others in a paper or presentation, you must remember to reference your sources.

Learn more about citations

Get help from the library

  • General Questions: email your question to
  • Subject Librarians: Get subject specific help with citations and research
  • AskAway: Librarians provide instant responses to your citation and research questions through live text chat

Managing your sources

  • RefWorks: Citation management tool to download, store, and share references, and format bibliographies in seconds. Free to UBC students and alumni
  • Citation Management Tools: List of other tools available to manage references



Trouble with math, physics, chemistry, or biology? These resources can help.

Back to Basics

Couldn’t attend a Back to Basics session or want to review what was discussed? Check out these recordings.

  • Readiness for University Math – Muddled about math? This self-guided session reviews foundational concepts so that you can gain the prerequisite skills needed for UBC math.
  • Foundations of Physics – Fuzzy on physics? Watch this session to review fundamental concepts in physics and take a self-guided approach to practicing prerequisite skills.
  • Chemistry Essentials – Confused about chemistry? Review this session to re-discover essential concepts and develop positive approaches to learning chemistry at UBC.
  • Academic Reading & Writing – Worried about academic reading and writing? By watching this session, you can review fundamental concepts and gain the skills needed to succeed in your university writing assignments.
  • Academic Integrity & Plagiarism – Concerned about academic integrity? Watch this session to learn about how new students can join UBC’s academic community with integrity.

Learning technologies

Some of the common learning tools that your professors will use this semester will be Canvas, Collaborate Ultra, and Proctorio. Below are some student user guides, tips, and FAQs to help you prepare for learning online!

Exam Prep Canvas Course

The Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) has launched a new self-enrol course for students to practice taking different types of online exams and gain confidence using the various technologies. The CLC’s Exam Prep Canvas Course is available to all students.

Once enrolled, you can practice different quiz and assignment types, including Proctorio, Lockdown Browser, Webwork, and more, to feel comfortable with online exam technology. CLC Online Assistants are available by email to help with pre-exam tech checks and troubleshooting.

You can self-enrol in this course here

Basics of Canvas

Learning about all the different technologies you’ll be using this year can feel overwhelming. That’s why you should always start with the basics. The nice thing is the basics of Canvas take less than two minutes. Feeling less overwhelmed already? Good! Now check out this introduction to Canvas, made for you by your peers here at UBC Okanagan.

Respondus LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a custom browser used during a testing environment. It prevents you from copying, printing, accessing other applications, or visiting websites while taking a test or exam.

LockDown Browser Student Guide

Remote workstation access

In an effort to support remote teaching and learning, UBC has implemented technology that provides students with remote access to public workstations and specific labs pre-configured with computer software required to complete coursework.

Remote workstation student guide

Public Workstation/Lab PC quick link

OneDrive quick link