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Madison Garrison
Specialist, Tutoring Services
122 Student Success Center
(937) 775-5770

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and become better prepared for exams. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by "SI Leaders," students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.

SI is FREE and open to anyone who is enrolled in the course. Studies have shown that students who attend these sessions regularly can expect to earn a final grade of at least a letter grade higher than those who did not attend the sessions.


Supplemental Instruction Courses

Spring 2020 SI Sessions
Course  SI Leader Instructor(s) SI Session time SI Session day SI Session Location
ANT 2100/3100 Soham Ritucci  3:30-4:30  Tuesday HS 140
ANT 2100/3100 Soham Ritucci  5:10-6:10  Thursday RK 058
ANT 2120/3120 Clay Ritucci  3:35-4:30 Monday AL 219
ANT 2120/3120 Clay Ritucci  3:35-4:30 Wednesday  OH 103
BIO 1120 Amani Miller  2:30-3:25  Monday OH 132
BIO 1120 Cassandra Miller  12:30-1:50 Thursday MS 125
BIO 1150 Karleigh Goldstein  2-3pm Tuesday OH 306
BIO 1150 Yasmeen Goldstein  1-2pm Thursday MS 145
CHI 1020 Yan Du  11a-12p Tuesday AL 494
CHI 1020 Yan Du  11a-12p Thursday OH 303
CHM 1010 Caitlin Newsome 10:10-11:05  Wednesday  OH 132
CHM 1010 Caitlin Newsome 10:10-11:10 Friday OH 103
CHM 1020 Victoria Clark  11:15-12:20 Wednesday  AL 128
CHM 1210 Amy Newsome 12:30-1:30pm Tuesday OH 103
CHM 1210 Amy Newsome 3:50-4:50 Thursday OH 303
FR 1010 Allysa All  4:45-5:40 Monday RK 163
FR 1010 Allysa All  1:25-2:20 Wednesday  AL 242
FR 1010 Allysa All  2-3pm Thursday OH 306
FR 1010 Allysa All  2:30-3:25 Friday OH 103
FR 1020 Tatiana Lamoine 11:15-12:10 Monday AL 242
FR 1020 Tatiana Lamoine 12:10-1:15 Wednesday  AL 219
FR 2020 Linda Abadie  2-3pm Tuesday AL 240
MS 2050 Samantha Chesen  2:25-3:25pm Wednesday  RK 163 
NUR 2100 Diane Holland  4-5pm Monday UH 076
NUR 3100 Amanda Schmidt  9:45-10:45 Tuesday UH 076
NUR 3100 Amanda Schmidt  1:20-2:20pm Wednesday  RK 058
PLS 3100 Aaron Karason 5-6pm  Monday AL 126
PSY 1010 Emma All  11-12pm Tuesday RK 060
PSY 1010 Emma All  2:30-3:30  Wednesday  OH 306
PSY 1010 Cameron All  12:45-1:45 Thursday OH 103
SPN 2020 MD Alvarez 3:35-4:35pm Monday AL 124
SPN 2020 Steven Doran  5-6pm  Tuesday RK 166
SPN 2020 MD Alvarez 11a-12p Thursday RK 060

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What occurs at a Supplemental Instruction session?

    Supplemental Instruction is an opportunity for students to work together to explore important concepts, review class notes, discuss reading assignments, practice test-taking strategies, and prepare of examinations. SI sessions are facilitated by an undergraduate student (SI Leader) who has previously been successful in the course.

  • What is an Supplemental Instruction leader?

    SI leaders are students themselves who have taken the class before and earned a high grade in the course. Faculty typically recommends the leaders who facilitate the SI sessions. SI leaders are prepared to share with students how to effectively study for the course. SI leaders attend the same class every day, taking notes and listening closely to the professor. The SI coordinating team trains them in how to be effective facilitators and receive ongoing supervision.

  • How do I know if Supplemental Instruction is offered for my course?

    Once the semester begins, check the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Schedule for a list of courses and SI sessions. In class promotions also are planned for courses with SI, including:

    • During the first week of classes the SI Leader will make a brief presentation to the class. The SI Leader will also ask the students to complete a brief survey to determine the best time to schedule sessions.
    • On the first day of classes, students will receive an e-mail promoting SI for their course, and referring them to online scheduling survey.
    • Regular announcements and/or postings will be made via email, and in class with the approval of the instructor.
  • I filled out the scheduling survey...now what?

    Days, times, and locations for Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are determined by SI Leaders during the first week of classes, after a sufficient number of students have contributed feedback via the scheduling survey. The session logistics will be promoted the end of the first week, and sessions begin the second week.

  • The session days/times do not fit my schedule. or The locations are inconvenient. What should I do?

    Our apologies about the inconveniences. Based on the number of students in a class, it’s impossible for us to find Supplemental Instruction sessions that accommodate everyone's preferences, which is why we try to select sessions that make SI available to the largest number of students at least once per week. Our campus is also large, meaning that we likely inconvenience some people with any location selection.

    If SI can help you, please make the time to attend. Other options for help are:

    • Requesting a Tutor
    • Using a Departmental Help Room
    • Meeting with an Instructor/TA during office hours (or by appointment)
    • Referring to credible web-based resources (visit Tutoring Services website)
  • How are Supplemental Instruction classes selected?

    Most Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions target traditionally difficult 1000-2000 level courses which students must take to begin an academic major. These courses are usually large lecture courses requiring large amounts of reading from difficult texts, utilize examinations focusing on application and analysis, and because of their size, offer a perception of diminished opportunity for teacher-student interaction.

    Some SI sessions target other difficult courses that do not fit the criteria above based on input from students and instructors.

  • Who attends Supplemental Instruction?

    Supplemental Instruction (SI) is open to all students enrolled in a specific course. So, even if your SI Leader does not regularly attend your lectures, you can still attend the SI sessions. Students from all ability levels attend SI. There is one thing all SI participants have in common--desire to be a better learner.

    Some students attend only a few sessions during the semester.  Assessments show that the more SI sessions a student participates in, the higher their final grade will be in the class.

  • What does it cost?

    Supplemental Instruction sessions are free. Students are encouraged to come as often as they like, however, the statistics show that the more students attend, the better their grades.