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.

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Explore resources to build your language and writing skills.

You can find the SLH academic writing handouts here

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Grammar practice

Vocabulary building

Academic writing

English for special purposes



  • Breaking News English: Vocabulary exercises based on current health news articles
  • English for nurses and medical professionals
  • Resources and links to sites that cover body/health vocabulary, communication, and doctor/patient dialogue
  • YouTube: Medical Terms: Covers medical terms based on prefixes, roots, and suffixes


  • 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

This section includes resources that offer overviews of academic integrity, misconduct, and plagiarism. See the Referencing section for specific resources on citing and managing sources.

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

Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers

  • Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers (UBC Library): An overview of citational politics and relations and guidance for citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, Traditional Knowledge or Oral Traditions of Indigenous Peoples, and information from your own experience and/or community. Guidance for specific citation styles is also available: APA, MLA, Chicago.

Managing your sources

Get citation and research help from the library

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



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

Back to Basics Recordings

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 may use will be Canvas, Collaborate Ultra, and Proctorio. Below are some student user guides, tips, and FAQs to help you feel prepared.

Exam Prep Canvas Course

The Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) has a 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. You can self-enrol in the Exam Prep course.

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 video introduction to Canvas, made for you by your peers here at UBC Okanagan.

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.

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.