Supplemental Instruction

Overview

Learn about Supplemental Instruction

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.

Contact Information

Valerie Brown
Specialist, Tutoring Services & Supplemental Instruction

122 Student Success Center
(937) 775-5770

 

SI Courses

Spring 2017 SI Sessions

Course  SI Leader Instructor SI Session SI Session Location

ANT 2100/3100

Whittington

Ritucci    
ANT 2120/3120 Shaver Ritucci    
ATH 2100 Mauer Cooke    
BIO 1120 Bower Miller    
BIO 1150 Curry
Schneider
Goldstein
Goldstein
   
CHI 1010 He Du    
CHI 1020 Zhao Du    
CHI 2020 He Broadstock    
CHM 1010 Mikesell Newsome    
CHM 1210 Myers Sizemore    
CHM 2120 Hong
Redding
Ketcha
Fossum
   
EC 2040 Church Farmer    
EES 1070 Stark Das    
FR 1020 Dunn
Hack
Miller
Hirt
Lamoine
Hirt
   
FR 2010 Schmitz Lamoine    
FR 2020 Hammad Abadie    
GER 1020 Moody Sturdevant    
GER 2010 Hansen Powers    
GR 1020 Puckett Marchand    
JPN 1020 Garcia Tsuzuki-Deboer    
JPN 2020 McCoy Tsuzuki-Norng    
LAT 1020 Turner Edwards    
LAT 2020 Turner Edwards    
MS 2050 Mendoza Chesen    
NUR 2100 Norvell Holland    
PLS 3100 Swisher Karason    
PSY 1010 Fishback
Ragan
Vickio
Cullotta
   
PSY 3910 Hwang Kraszpulski    
SPN 1010 Wilson Doran    
SPN 1020 Bausmith Martinez    
SPN 2010 Shock Astudillo    
SPN 2020 Richey Garrido    
SW 2700 Higgins Carter    
WGS 2000 Brooks Harris    

Become an SI Leader

Summary of Position

faculty SI

Lead SI sessions outside of class lectures; attend class lectures and take notes; promote SI among students enrolled in class; collaborate with faculty members to structure SI sessions; take session attendance; and complete SI reports.

Requirements

SI Leaders must have demonstrated academic success; recommendation from faculty member; grade of "A" or "B" in course being considered. Cumulative GPA must not be less than 2.8; prefer no less than 3.0. Ability to communicate effectively.

Attend one training session.  Dates for Fall 2016 will be posted in the future.

Responsibilities

  1. Attend training at beginning and mid-semester.
  2. Attend all lectures (possibly rotating classes that have multiple sections and professors).
  3. Find 2 common times students can meet for sessions during the first week of classes.  Report the results to the SI Specialist so she can find rooms for the sessions. Start SI sessions by the second week of classes (no sessions during finals week).
  4. Obtain class email lists from instructors of corresponding course so they can send out a welcome email to students and remind them of SI sessions regularly.
  5. Take attendance for every SI session.
  6. Complete a "planning the session" sheet for guidance and preparation.
  7. Meet with the instructor of the course regularly.
  8. Maintain communication with the SI Specialist.

Pay Breakdown

SI Leaders are paid $10.01 an hour for the following:

  • 2-3 hours a week for sitting in on class
  • 2 hours a week for your SI sessions
  • 3 hours a week for session prep (1 prep hour in Success Center every other week)

Total hours per week = 8 hours (additional hours must be approved by SI Specialist)

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming an SI Leader, please visit the Tutoring Services office in 122 Student Success Center to complete an application.

For Faculty

Purpose:

  1. To increase retention within targeted historically difficult courses
  2. To improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses
  3. To increase the graduation rates of students

Effectiveness:

Studies show that students who attend supplemental instruction sessions earn statistically significantly higher final course grades than those students who do not attend-even among students who have lower incoming SAT or ACT scores (Congos and Schoeps, 1993, Congos, Langsam, and Schoeps, 1997). 

For more in depth information about Supplemental Instruction, please click on the slides below:

For Students

FAQs

What occurs at an SI session?

SI 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.

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 SI is offered for my course?

Once the semester begins, check the 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 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 SI 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 SI classes selected

Most SI sessions target traditionally difficult 100-200 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 SI

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?

SI 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.