Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Frequently Asked Questions
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that targets historically difficult courses by teaching students how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills to increase their performance. SI offers regularly scheduled, peer-led review sessions to all students enrolled in a targeted course. SI study sessions are informal seminars in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and prepare for exams.
Students who have previously earned high grades in targeted courses and been recommended by faculty facilitate SI study sessions. SI leaders attend class lectures, taking notes and listening closely to the professors, and are prepared to coach students on how to effectively study for SI courses. SI leaders receive training and ongoing supervision from the SI coordinating team to be effective facilitators.
At each session, the SI leader guides students through the course concepts. The SI leader helps students make good use of their time and shares the strategies he or she used to be successful in the course. The SI leader will not re-lecture, give out copies of his or her notes, help students with assigned homework, or encourage last-minute test cramming.
SI is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. SI is a non-remedial approach to learning as the program targets high-risk courses rather than high-risk students. Participation is voluntary, but all students are encouraged to attend SI sessions. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness participate in and benefit from SI.
Students who take advantage of SI can earn up to a full letter grade higher in SI courses than those who don't and are twice as likely to successfully complete the course. Plus they make social connections, learn how to learn and gain study skills they can apply to any class. SI is for everyone, so give it a try.
All courses that are supported by SI will be noted in Pathway and the SI leader will make an announcement about sessions on the first day of class.
SI sessions start the first or second week of class. Each SI leader typically sets up three or more review sessions per week.
SI sessions are free. Students are encouraged to come as often as they'd like; however, the statistics show that the more students attend, the better their grades.