The Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL) is a great way to get connected to Northwestern's academic community.
UPAL was designed in collaboration with Northwestern students, faculty, and staff as a resource for undergraduates who are looking for insider information on Northwestern academics and a friendly, supportive group of peers who navigate the academic road together.
UPAL participants meet for one hour weekly throughout a quarter, in small groups with peer mentors, to discover keys to academic success at Northwestern. Sessions are relaxed and fun, and offer valuable information — including how to manage your time and your academic stress, how to study effectively, and how to persist when you stumble along the way. UPAL participants also gain knowledge of Northwestern's many academic-support and enrichment resources, and have opportunities to connect with faculty and build the networks that are critical to making the most of the Northwestern academic experience.
Sessions focus on topics such as
- "Smart studying" for optimal learning
- Interacting productively with faculty
- Managing time and academic stress
- Recovering smoothly from academic setbacks
- Staying focused on learning in a competitive environment
Through their interactions with fellow participants and upperclass mentors, students in UPAL develop connections with a wide range of peers who bring a variety of interests and experiences — but who share a desire to continuously improve and help others do the same.
The program runs each quarter and is free of charge to Northwestern undergraduates.
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