Remember that these sites and materials may not be well suited to your particular class or situation. Whenever you have questions or doubts, always talk to your teaching assistant or instructor. The secret to maintaining academic integrity is honesty and transparency at all times.
Improving your academic skills
College isn't just about learning content, but developing skill sets that will prove valuable at UCSD and beyond. One reason college graduates fare better in the workforce is because they develop the self-discipline and work habits valued by employers.
- Brush up on your study skills by reading this Revelle guide (PDF) or by using online workshops.
- Hone your time management skills (PDF).
- Avoid disaster using tips from UCLA's Carlos and Eddie.
Seeking out legitimate help
If you need help with your studies, first ask your teaching assistant or instructor.
Second, use UCSD tutoring and study programs. Be wary of relying too heavily on your friend, roommate, study partner, or paid non-UCSD tutors to "help" you with your academic work — if you do, make sure they're tutoring you rather than giving you the answers.
- Tutoring and study programs at UCSD
- UCSD School of Medicine tutorial program
- TRiO Student Support Services (for incoming freshmen and transfer students)
Understanding citation and attribution rules
When you use the words or ideas of others (whether a written or oral source, a formal literary authority, or your mom), you should cite the source of those words and ideas by attributing them to the person from whom they originated.
This is about transparency — if you neglect to do this, you're presenting the words and ideas as if they're your own, and that's called plagiarism.
- Take an online plagiarism tutorial from UCSD Libraries
- Book a Tools & Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism consultation
- Citation Style Guides (Wayne State University)
- Writing Tutorial Services (Indiana University-Bloomington)
- Online Writing Resources (University of British Columbia)
- Avoiding Plagiarism (The OWL at Purdue)
- The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (Dr. Michael Harvey, Hackett Publishing Company)
- Citing and Documenting Sources (UCLA)
Contact the Academic Integrity Office, (858) 822-2163.