Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program designed to improve the
student's academic success in traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are
regularly scheduled, peer-led study sessions that provide students an
opportunity to meet with classmates to compare notes, discuss important
concepts and develop study strategies for studying the subject. These sessions
are available to all students enrolled in the course at no cost. Student attendance at SI sessions is voluntary.
SI leaders are model students who have been trained and
already completed the class successfully. The leaders are selected based on
faculty recommendation, their academic strengths as well as their communication
skills. The SI leaders attend the class, take notes, do the readings and
homework just like all the enrolled students.
What they won’t do
is re-teach or re-lecture; their job is to create a bridge between teaching and
learning so students can learn the content more efficiently.
The leaders also meet regularly with the course
instructor during their office hours to discuss what concepts should be
stressed in the weekly sessions.
Who attends SI study
SI is open to all
students enrolled in the targeted class and therefore attracts students from
all ability levels. SI helps "A" students keep their "A"
and it helps other students pull up their grades.