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Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL)

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The Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL) offers group-based coaching to promote Northwestern undergraduates' academic wellness. In UPAL, students engage in supportive small groups, with peer mentors, to fine-tune their academic strategies, gain tools for balancing academics with other facets of life, and navigate the academic path in ways that work for each individual.

How do I register?

You can register for UPAL on CAESAR, just as you would a traditional course. Search for "GEN_LA 160" and choose any section that fits your schedule. Registration for winter quarter opens on Wednesday, January 3 at 12:01 am and closes on Thursday, January 11.  Winter quarter UPAL sessions begin Tuesday, January 16 and end Monday, March 4.   

Meet our mentors

Read about each of the UPAL mentors on the meet the mentors page.

What happens in UPAL?

UPAL participants meet for one hour weekly over weeks 3 - 9 of a quarter, in small groups led by peer mentors, at locations and times that fit their schedules. Sessions are relaxed and upbeat and offer valuable information to help students master Northwestern's learning environment and persist when they stumble — as everybody does! — along the way. UPAL supports students in reflecting on their habits and approaches, identifying what is working well and what needs fine-tuning, and setting a solid course for navigating the academic path ahead.

What topics are covered?

  • "Smart studying" for optimal learning in the fast-paced quarter system
  • Interacting productively with faculty
  • Managing time and academic stress
  • Recovering smoothly from academic setbacks
  • Staying focused on learning in a competitive environment
  • And more!

Winter 2024 sessions

Below is the winter section information. Sign up on Caesar, and learn more about the mentors on the meet the mentors page.

UPAL Winter 2024 sessions
Day Time Mentors
Monday  (1/22-3/4) 4 pm - 5 pm Brennan & Sophia
Monday (1/22-3/4) 5 pm - 6 pm Sami & Elise
Tuesday (1/16 - 2/27) 4 pm - 5 pm Johana & Binhao
Tuesday (1/16 - 2/27) 5 pm - 6 pm Ana & Lauren
Wednesday (1/17 - 2/28) 5 pm - 6 pm Wilma & Caleb
Wednesday (1/17 - 2/28) 6 pm - 7 pm Haley


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