The Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) is a community of learners who work together to succeed in some of Northwestern’s most challenging courses.
Students who participate in AMP meet each week in a small group -- about five to seven students all enrolled in the same course -- with a peer mentor. Groups use the two-hour session to go over difficult concepts from the lecture or readings, to work together through problems that students have found challenging, to prepare for upcoming tests, and to share ideas and advice on how to learn effectively in the course.
AMP is currently offered in:
- Chem 101: General Chemistry
- Econ 201: Intro to Economics I - Macroeconomics
- Econ 202: Intro to Economics 2 - Microeconomics
- Math 202: Finite Mathematics
- Psych 110: Intro to Psychology
- Stat 210: Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences
Students who participate in AMP report:
- A more clear understanding of course concepts.
- Development of analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Improvement in study habits.
- Liking the “connection” they develop with other students in the group.
- Finding the AMP group a comfortable place to review and get help.
How to join AMP
All students enrolled in classes with the AMP component will receive an email during the first week of class announcing the start of registration. Students can register via CAESAR during the week-long enrollment period. AMP sessions are offered at a variety of times.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registered students are required to participate regularly. Based on participation, students receive a notation on their transcripts.
Become an AMP Mentor
We recruit mentors primarily in spring, and occasionally throughout the year. We look for the following qualities in AMP mentors:
- Ability to communicate effectively and help others understand.
- Solid understanding of subject matter.
- Empathy and understanding of the experience of struggling with difficult course material.
- Patience and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Strong interest in teaching and a sincere desire to help others.
If you are interested in applying to be an AMP mentor, please contact us.