Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL)
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.
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?
- "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