Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL)
UPAL will run remotely this spring quarter, and can help you connect to peers during COVID-19, while providing guidance on study strategies for remote learning! All registered students will receive information on how to connect via Zoom.
See our current UPAL flyer!
The Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL) promotes 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 join?
You can register for UPAL on CAESAR, just as you would a traditional course. Search for "GEN_LA 160," choose any section that fits your schedule, and follow the instructions in "Notes." Registration for spring quarter is open from March 30 - April 9, 12pm Central. If you don't find a time that works for you, or if you have any questions about UPAL, reach out to us! Sessions start on April 11.
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 7 weeks of a quarter, in small groups with 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?
- Learning remotely during COVID-19
- "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
Reach out to us!