Undergraduate Peer Mentors
Undergraduate Peer Mentors (UPMs) are pre-service teachers hand-selected by their writing-intensive course professors for their extraordinary writing and interpersonal skills. The mentors work to support their fellow undergraduates by offering feedback on the writing process, modeling good writing habits and providing a supportive and encouraging voice to students’ writing concerns.
They are available to assist students for help with writing or other coursework in the UPM Office, room 210 in Harrington Tower.
Hours of Availability
Howdy, TLAC Preservice Teachers! Your UPM is working remotely to support your writing-intensive course. If you need assistance, please reach out via email and your UPM will respond. We are not issuing MWL certificates until the university reopens. However, UPMs are continuing to monitor MWL completion and will provide weekly updates to instructors. The deadline for MWL completion is April 3. Take care, Ags.
Every semester the UPM program offers you the option to order books from Scholastic at AMAZING prices. These books are great for personal use or as additions to your future classroom library. This is also a great opportunity to get books for classes. As a bonus, your purchases will give the UPMs points to buy books for the UPM library. Books in the UPM library are available for all students in TLAC writing-intensive courses to check out and borrow for class assignments – free of charge!
Ordering from Scholastic online is easier than ever. You can browse regular catalogs, specialty catalogs, or use the search engine to locate specific books, genres, or other categories such as Caldecott and Newbery winners.
If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, then follow these easy steps:
1. Visit Scholastic Reading Club online
2. Click “First Time Here? Parents”
3. Enter course code PXR7Y
4. Click “Yes” for the teacher name, Mrs. Matthews, that appears
5. Create an Account
6. Enter your information as the “Child’s Information”
7. Reenter course code and confirm teacher information
8. Add books to cart and proceed to checkout
9. Ensure that your name is listed as the child’s name
10. Complete the checkout process
When the books come in, you will receive an email. At that point, you can pick up your books at the UPM office in Harrington Tower (EDCT), room 210.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tiffany Gambrel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
I am not in a writing-intensive course. Can I still visit with a UPM or use the library?
All TLAC students are encouraged to meet with UPMs and utilize the library. We especially look forward to meeting freshmen and transfer students.
I am not confident in my writing. Can UPMs help me get started?
The writing process does not actually start with writing. It starts with planning and drafting. The prewriting stage is crucial your writing journey. The UPMs are here to help you with the beginning stages of your writing too.
If it is a research paper, we recommend creating a matrix, a tool for organizing sources. Some elements you should include are the author, dates, and publishing information, which will make for quick and easy citations. Other elements, such as quotes, summary, or connections to other articles help you transfer information directly to your paper, rather than having to pull up each article again as you begin to draft your paper. We can help you create one.
The prewriting process can also be as simple as a list of ideas or a brainstorming talk. UPMs are excited sit down with you and help you organize your thoughts.
Bring by any piece of writing and we’ll be happy to provide feedback on every piece of the writing process to help you move forward.
How do I contact my UPM?
Your UPM will stop by your class and give you their information. You are free to email them or stop by their office hours.
Do I have to make an appointment? Can I only see my UPM?
No, you may stop by at any time during their office hours. If you would like to ensure they are not in a meeting with another student, you are welcome to email and schedule a conference during their office hours. If you need help outside of your specific UPM’s office hours, you can always stop by the office. Any available UPM can assist you.
Are there any resources to help me with APA formatting?
The Purdue OWL website is a great resource for proper APA formatting.
If you are enrolled in a writing-intensive course, your UPM has provided a helpful folder on your eCampus page that is full of resources.
What resources are available in the UPM library?
Our library has decodable texts, picture books, and chapter books. There are materials for the Reading Clinic, literature for writing-intensive courses, and books to include in lesson plans for methods classes. Come browse our library!