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Academic Expectations, Resources, and Support for Your Student. Cindy Bourne : Math & Science Centre and Supplemental Learning Amanda Brobbel : Library/Writing Centre Laura Prada Silva : First-Year Experience program Jamie Yamaoka : Advising & Involvement Centre

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Academic Expectations, Resources, and Support for Your Student

Cindy Bourne: Math & Science Centre and Supplemental Learning

Amanda Brobbel: Library/Writing Centre

Laura Prada Silva: First-Year Experience program

Jamie Yamaoka: Advising & Involvement Centre

Deanna Roberts: Disability Resource Centre

Supplemental Learning

Focuses on high risk classes

Assigns a successful senior student (SL leader) to the class

SL leader attends all lectures

SL leader facilitates out of class sessions to work with material

SL is well attended – more than 2900 – Sept 15 to Oct 31

5 or more SL sessions make a difference

SL has had a direct impact on retention

SL is offered in Chem, Math, Physics, Applied Science (1st year Engineering), Psychology, and a number of other classes

Math and Science Centre

Tutoring for first and second year math, science, and Engineering

Tutors are senior students and grad students

Tutors are recommended by faculty

Back to Basics

Exam Jam

Library/Writing Centre

Located in Library 243 (north entrance of library)

Open: Mon – Thurs 10 – 6; Fri 10 - 4

Writing support for all undergraduate students for any kind of assignment at any stage of the process

Writing Consultants (all upper level or graduate students)

Book an appointment on-line:

On-line writing support 24/7 through WriteAway!

Research support always available at the Library front desk

Campus Life

Create: Comprehensive orientation program for all new students

Spark: Extended orientation program designed to welcome back our returning students and introduce our programs and services to New-to-UBC students

First Year Experience: Peer mentoring program for all new UBCO students

CollegiaProgram: Program to serve commuter students

Food Exchange: Donation-based program for those who need them – for free!

PATH Program: Leadership education program for student l leaders

Student Leadership Conference

Advising & Involvement Centre

Academic Advising

Career Services

Get Involved

Go Global

We do this by providing information:

Program Requirements


Determining best use of electives

Essential tools for degree planning

Dealing with disappointing grades

Academic Success – coaching on study skills, exam strategies, etc.

Impacts of withdrawals or failed courses

Explaining UBC O policies and procedures

Connecting students with campus partners who can further assist them

Academic Advising

disability resource centre university centre 227
Disability Resource CentreUniversity Centre 227

Who Do We See at the DRC?

What Do We Do at the DRC?



Extended time

Distraction reduced environment


Note takers

Specialized seating in class


Priority placement on-campus housing

Disability parking pass

  • Students who have:
    • Permanent Disability
      • Learning
      • Physical
      • Sensory
    • Chronic Illness
      • Mental health, mental illness
      • Physical
    • Injury
      • Head injury
      • Broken bones
What YOU can do support your first-year student

Show interest in their assignments, deadlines

Ask them to describe some of their challenges

Ask them how they prepare for papers etc…

Remind them that they KNOW a lot or they would not be here

Remind them that we have resources…lots of them

Thank you for your time

Cindy Bourne – Manager, Academic Resources

Amanda Brobbel -

Laura Prada – Silva

Deanna Simmons

Jamie Yamaoka