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

CAE Academic Mentoring provides academic support to all CAE students with small Peer Learning groups and One-on-One Academic Mentoring. CAE Academic Mentoring is a supportive, collaborative learning environment and helps students navigate higher education by:

  • Developing effective study, exam-taking, and time-management skills
  • Approaching and engaging faculty
  • Finding and accessing academic resources
  • Developing into independent learners

Please note that working with an academic mentor is not a substitute for keeping up with course expectations, working with your peers, and utilizing other campus tutoring resources.

Read about the outcomes of CAE’s academic mentoring program.

You can find out more about Academic Mentoring and Peer Learning options in the sections below. To apply, click the red “Apply” button above! If you’re ready to give back to the community and interested in joining our team as a mentor, click the “Want to join our team?” button at the bottom of the page.

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One-on-One Academic Mentoring

One-on-one academic mentoring allows students to receive holistic, individual mentoring support from a peer.

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 to your sessions prepared. Do not expect them to teach the material or always provide 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.

If you need an accommodation to utilize CAE Academic Mentoring, please contact Maisee Her or Amihan Huesmann 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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About Peer Learning

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. In addition to the benefits of working with an Academic Mentor one-on-one, Peer Learning conveys the following benefits:

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN PEER LEARNING GROUPS:

  • Engage in a safe and more active learning environment
  • Prepare for tests and reduce stress
  • Instant study buddies
  • Learn from peers and learn by explaining concepts to peers
  • Gain new approaches to learning and class-specific study skills

Courses for Fall 2022

Math 96, 112, 113, 114, 221

Economics 101

Biology 101, 102, 151

Chemistry 103, 104

Psychology 202, 210

Meeting times will be determined from applicants’ availability. If you are in a course that you think would benefit from a peer learning group but is not listed above, please contact us!

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.

If you need an accommodation to utilize CAE Academic Mentoring, please contact Maisee Her or Amihan Huesmann 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


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