The Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL) is a community of students with diverse perspectives and backgrounds who support one another in striving for exceptional academic performance.
With coaching from peer mentors, UPAL participants enhance their awareness of how they learn best within the Northwestern academic environment, fine-tune their academic skills, and create and carry out individual academic advancement plans. Along the way, they connect with Northwestern faculty, administrators, and staff, and build the networks that are critical to making the most of the Northwestern academic experience.
Participants engage with the program for one quarter, spending 1-1/2 hours a week in interactive discussions and activities. In these sessions, students focus on topics such as
- "Smart studying" for optimal learning
- Interacting productively with faculty
- Managing time effectively
- Managing academic stress
- 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.
UPAL's inaugural class will meet in fall 2014, and space will be limited. The program is free of charge.
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