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.
Studying & Learning Resources
General resources for studying and learning to get you on the right path.
Language & Writing Resources
Build your language and writing skills with these resources.
- University of Victoria English Language Centre Study Zone: Provides explanations and practice exercises for a variety of grammar points organized by level.
- Purdue OWL Grammar Exercises: A collection of common grammar points used in academic writing and exercises organized by themes (e.g. punctuation, sentence structure, and tense consistency).
- INTERACTIVE, Online Exercises: Exercises to help improve sentence structure (e.g. fragments, run-on sentences, and subject-verb agreement).
- Using English for Academic Purposes (UEFAP): Academic Vocabulary and Exercises: Exercises with vocabulary from the academic word list used in context.
- British Council Word Family Framework: Use this website to find out the different word forms (e.g. publication, publicize, public, publically).
- BBC: Learning English: Improve your knowledge of English through news stories. This site provides a good mix of everyday English and grammar review.
- Quizlet: Create and print vocabulary flashcards with pictures.
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL): The essential online resource for all questions regarding academic writing, including essay formats, academic writing style for different disciplines, grammar, and citation styles.
- Academic Phrasebank (University of Manchester): A collection of useful academic expressions organized by function 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.
- Breaking News English: Vocabulary exercises based on current business news articles
- Business English Pod: A range of audio/video business vocabulary lessons
- Professional Word Web: Frequently used vocabulary of Business and Economics
- Breaking News English: Vocabulary exercises based on current health news articles
- Englishclub.com: English for nurses and medical professionals
- Eslflow.com: 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
- Voice of America Health WordBook: Glossary of basic health terms that are defined, optionally read aloud, and illustrated
- Mathwords: Defines, illustrates, and exemplifies terms and formulas from beginning algebra to calculus
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.
UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar POLICIES
Learn all about academic integrity
- Academic Integrity Matters (AIM): Unauthorized Collaboration and Cheating: Self-guided Canvas course for UBCO students to learn about what constitutes academic dishonesty and situations where it may occur, the importance of academic integrity within the scholarly community, and the methods and resources available to maintain academic integrity
- Understand Academic Integrity (Chapman Learning Commons): Resource guide and videos on academic integrity at UBC
- Academic Integrity Matters (AIM): Writing and Plagiarism: Self-guided Canvas course for UBCO students to learn to recognize plagiarism in its various forms, to learn why avoiding plagiarism is important, and to develop skills for avoiding plagiarism, including citing sources, note-taking, quoting, and, paraphrasing
- Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue OWL): Overview of strategies for avoiding accidental plagiarism
- Academic Integrity Pressbook (Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library): Modules about academic integrity, plagiarism, citation & writing skills, APA, MLA, and Chicago
- Plagiarism and ESL Writers (Purdue OWL): A brief overview of understanding plagiarism for English language learners/writers for whom English is an Additional Language
- See the “Referencing” tab for help with managing sources
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
- How to Cite Sources (Chapman Learning Commons): Who, what, when, where, and whys of citing sources and avoiding accidental plagiarism
- UBC Library How to Cite Research Guide: Overview of how to identify the basic elements of a citation for common sources
- UBCO Library Citation Style Guides: Very detailed, UBCO-specific overview of formatting citations and adhering to a reference style
Get help from the library
- General Questions: email your question to email@example.com
- 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.
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.
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.