Study & time management resources

Worried about your studies or exams? UBC offers a range of services and support to help develop your personal study and time management skills.


  • Prioritize your to-do list
    List the tasks that you need to complete. Choose the most important ones and finish these tasks first.
  • Set study breaks
    Try the Pomodoro Technique: work on a task for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break and repeat. Every 4 cycles, take a longer 30-minute break to recharge.
  • Get enough quality sleep
    Your brain is at its quickest and most adept after 7-9 hours of sleep.
  • Take advantage of UBC resources
    Visit the Chapman Learning Commons for help with writing, citations, and time management.
  • Contact your professor directly
    If you have concerns about the content of a particular course or your ability to keep up, your professors are there to help.

Resources & support

Peer coaching

Take advantage of what other UBC students have learned before you. UBC's Chapman Learning Commons offers free peer academic coaching to all UBC students. Different from tutors, coaches can help you with 'soft' skills like studying, note taking, assignment planning, and exam preparation. 

Find a tutor

Tutors can help you with a variety of classes and subjects. Click here for locations, hours, and more information about tutoring.

Learning self-assessment

Understanding how you learn best can help you leverage your strengths, retain more knowledge, and improve your study skills. What's your learning style? Take the quiz on the UBC Learning Commons website.

Assignment Calculator

UBC's Assignment Calculator is a time management tool that breaks down research assignments into a series of manageable steps, while providing expert tips for success. Enter the assignment start date and due date to get planning!

Chapman Learning Commons

UBC's Chapman Learning Commons is located on the third floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The Learning Commons offers study space, resources, toolkits, and a range of programs to enhance your learning. You can also go to the Learning Commons for:

  • Technology Support
  • Tutoring
  • Writing support
  • Study skills workshops
  • Peer Academic Coaching

The Chapman Learning Commons has computers, study space for group work, comfortable individual study areas, and space for workshops and events.

UBC Library

The UBC Library is much more than just books. In addition to over six million volumes, the Library offers instructional sessions, research help, tutorials, online real-time chat support, and a range of quick reference guides to help you find the resources you need.

AskAway Chat Support

AskAway offers real-time chat support with a librarian so you can get help with research, citations, finding materials, and more.

Find a study space

Find an informal learning space with the right amenities, or book an empty classroom.

If you're studying alone or late at night, you can contact Safewalk to escort you safely to your destination. Campus Security is available 24/7 at 604-822-2222.

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