Academic Peer Mentors (APMs) at Ball State are upper-level students trained to enhance the academic success of the residents of one of Ball State's 15 living-learning communities. These student employees assess academic needs, then use active and passive programming methods to help student tackle common challenges. These challenges include improving grades, seeking clarity about choice of major, learning effective study habits, and much more. APMs work with hall staff to create a strong community centered on the academic- or interest-based focus of the living-learning community.