Who can access the Charge Ahead program?

All students (undergraduate and graduate) can access Charge Ahead programming, including students from UM degree programs, ELC, and ICM.

One-to-one consultations

Students can book one-to-one consultations with Charge Ahead mentors. Mentors are upper-years undergraduate or graduate students. They can serve as a listening ear and can help you to plan the next steps in your academic journey. A Charge Ahead mentor can help you to:

  • Identify successes and challenges in your academic journey
  • Develop an action plan for academic and personal success
  • Get connected with campus resources and supports


Workshops are available free of charge to all students. Workshops focus on general skill development in positive psychology, resilience, and study skills. Workshops are led by Charge Ahead mentors. They can be attended as a series or registered for individually. They are a great compliment to the Academic Success Workshops.

Fall 2023

Self-Compassion and Academic Success - October 3, 2023

Tuesday, October 3, 2023; 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 303 Tier Building

Ever struggle with negative self-talk? Most students do, especially when they are taking challenging courses. However, self-compassion is crucial to academic success. This workshop will show you how to develop it!

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Studying for High Volume Courses - October 10, 2023

Tuesday, October 10, 2023; 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 303 Tier Building

Many university courses involve dealing with a high volume of information. This can create challenges for students in terms of remembering what they have studied. In this session, learn both research-based strategies and study tips from other students! You will leave this workshop feeling more confident about tackling study sessions.

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Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time - October 17, 2023

Tuesday, October 17, 2023; 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 303 Tier Building

Traditional time management advice leaves out one important variable: you! You are a unique human being with various strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, priorities, and talents. All kinds of tasks, both academic and otherwise, might consume different amounts of energy for you than somebody else. Find more balance in your life by learning to manage your energy, not your time. We will help you get started!

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Student testimonials

  • 4 Charge Ahead program volunteers
  • Here’s what students have said about their experiences participating in Charge Ahead!

    “In a large environment like the U of M, the Charge Ahead Program offers the opportunity to relate, find help where necessary and learn a few tricks about surviving through the semester. You can tell the mentors are genuinely there for you.”

    “[Charge Ahead] can help students who are struggling academically to stay on track and achieve their academic goals. Additionally, the program can provide students with a sense of community and connection, which can be helpful in navigating the challenges of college life.”

[Charge Ahead mentors] can offer solutions to issues you are having. They provide you with resources around campus that you never knew existed.

“It’s been a while since I was in university and I felt overwhelmed during my earlier terms. I knew I needed help but was not sure where to start. Speaking with the tutor helped me organize my schedule and stick with it. It took some time but having someone to speak with and give me reminders helped me create a study schedule that works for me and overcome procrastination.”

Contact us

Charge Ahead
108 Tier Building - Permanent location coming soon!