Learning Support

The Center for Academic Excellence’s Academic Mentoring program supports students’ academic transitions to UW-Madison. Taking a holistic approach, this program connects CAE students to each other and to experienced UW-Madison students. These relationships are used as a source of mutual learning to help CAE students be proactive in reaching their academic goals and also helps students successfully transition to UW-Madison.

Apply for Peer Learning or Academic Mentoring

You can find out more about Academic Mentoring and learning support options in the sections below.

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What is Academic Mentoring?

CAE Academic Mentoring provides academic support to all CAE students with small groups called Peer Learning, as well as with One-on-One Academic Mentoring in courses not supported by other campus tutoring resources. CAE Academic Mentoring helps students proactively navigate learning in higher education by:

  • Role modeling effective study habits
  • Offering supportive and collaborative environments
  • Helping students develop into independent learners

Academic Mentoring Outcomes

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Academic Mentoring One-on-One

Individual academic mentoring allows students to receive holistic mentoring support through their academic transitions. Our academic mentors help first- and second-year students with the following:

  • Developing study skills, exam-taking, and time-management skills
  • Approaching and engaging faculty
  • Navigating the higher education system and academic resources
  • Other student success tips on becoming a successful student.

Please note that the job of an academic mentor is to guide you through your own learning process. Therefore, it is crucial that you come prepared to your sessions and do not expect to be taught the material and always provided with answers. Having an academic mentor doesn’t necessarily directly save you time to study, but it does help you become a more confident, self-directed learner.

Academic Mentor Request

Please see the student-academic mentor contract for student and academic mentor responsibilities.

Requesting an academic mentor requires that you have time on your schedule to meet with your mentor on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour. If you are willing to make this commitment and agree to other student responsibilities, please apply for an academic mentor.

After successfully applying, your next step is to meet with your CAE advisor, CAE dean, or Academic Mentoring Staff. You can schedule an appointment with us through Starfish.

You can also visit us at our weekly drop-in office hours:

Aygul Hoffman – Academic Mentoring Coordinator: Monday 1-3pm

Bob Wiedenhoeft – Instructional Support Specialist: Wednesday 10am-12pm

If you need an accommodation to utilize CAE Academic Mentoring, please contact Aygul Hoffman or Bob Wiedenhoeft at caetutoring@saa.ls.wisc.edu. To ensure timely accommodations, all requests should be made no less than two weeks before the service.

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Peer Learning, Courses, and Times

Peer Learning offers a collaborative learning environment for students in historically challenging courses to study together outside of class. You will study with your peers, make friends, and learn how to find answers on your own or with the help of other students. Peer learning sessions are facilitated by trained Lead Academic Mentors.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN PEER LEARNING GROUPS:

  • Engage in an active and safe learning environment
  • Prepare for tests and reduce stress
  • Learn from peers in small group
  • Gain new approaches to learning and class-specific study skills
  • Receive caring guidance from a mentor

Courses and Times – Fall 2019

(Exact courses and times will be set during the first week of class. Times will be determined from applicants’ availability)

Math 96, 112, 114, 211, 221

Stats 301

Biology 151, 152

Chemistry 104, 343, 345

Econ 101

Peer Learning Sign-up

Please click here to apply for peer learning.

If your application is successful, you will receive an email from your lead academic mentor with more information. You will also be added to a Canvas course for your Peer Learning section. If you applied before the beginning of the semester, we will email you with updates.

If you have any questions, you can schedule an appointment with us through Starfish. You can also visit our drop-in hours:

Aygul Hoffman – Academic Mentoring Coordinator: Monday 1-3pm

Bob Wiedenhoeft – Instructional Support Specialist: Wednesday 10am-12pm

If you need an accommodation to utilize CAE Academic Mentoring, please contact Aygul Hoffman or Bob Wiedenhoeft at caetutoring@saa.ls.wisc.edu. To ensure timely accommodations, all requests should be made no less than two weeks before the service.

Become an Academic Mentor


become an academic mentor

Lead Academic Mentors - Fall 2019

Liam Conlon

Math & Stats (Exact Courses TBD)

Sivani Manchu

Organic Chemistry (Exact Courses TBD)

Jacob Parker

Math (Exact Courses TBD)

Kasey Pinch

Biology (Exact Courses TBD)

Haley Rodriguez

Math (Exact Courses TBD)

Dylan Snider

Chemistry 104

Andrea Xiong

Math (Exact Courses TBD)