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 2016 SI Sessions

Course  Instructor SI Leader(S) Day Time Room

ANT 2100/3100

Ritucci

Kohls

F
M

2:00 - 4:00p
3:35 - 4:30p

158 Rike
005 Success Center

ANT 2120/3120 Ritucci Becerril

F

2:30 - 4:30p

401 Millett

ART 2120 Hillard Wiley F 12:45 - 1:45p 244 Millett
ATH 2100  Cooke Heneghan

T
W

3:30 - 4:30p
12:20 - 1:15p

225 Allyn
135 Health Sciences

BIO 1070 Wissman Ward

M
R

2:30 - 3:30p
11:00a - 12:00p

350 Oelman
271 Math & Micro

BIO 1120 Miller Adjekum

T
R

5:00 - 6:00p
4:00 - 4:50p

134 Health Sciences
242 Allyn

BIO 1150 Cipollini Trout
Smith
Curry
W
F
M
3:35 - 4:30p
10:30 - 11:30a
10:10 - 11:05p
301 Millett
270 Allyn
286 Millett
CHI 1010 Du Lu M
W
12:20 - 1:15p
12:20 - 1:15p
244 Millett
244 Millett
CHI 1020 Du Rocheleau
Lu

T
R
T
R

12:30 - 1:30p
11:00a - 12:00p
5:20 - 6:20p
5:20 - 6:20p

345 Oelman
350 Oelman
128 Allyn
301 Millett

CHI 2020 Broadstock Kalfas

T
W

2:00 - 3:00p
12:20 - 1:15p

244 Milett
219 Allyn

CHM 1010 Turner Cassel

W

3:00 - 4:00p

125 Med Sciences

CHM 1020 Clark Duffy & Mojica

W
T

3:30 - 4:30p
11:00a - 12:00p

058 Rike
350 Oelman

CHM 1210 Arumugam Miles

T
R

5:00 - 6:00p
5:00 - 6:00p

340 Oelman
340 Oelman

CHM 1220 Clark Miles T
R
6:30 - 7:30p
6:30 - 7:30p
143 Med Sciences
143 Med Sciences
CHM 2120 Turnbull
Ketcha
Hendrix
Vyas
Gabbard

W
F
M
F
M
F

12:20 - 1:15p
11:15a - 12:10p
3:35 - 4:30p
1:25 - 2:20p
1:25 - 2:20p
9:45 - 10:45a

350 Oelman
350 Oelman
350 Oelman
350 Oelman
302 Oelman
302 Oelman

EC 1050 Martin
Herner
Mayhuch
Mapel

M
-

3:35 - 4:30p
-

302 Allyn
-

EC 2040 Herrick
Farmer
Church
Kenny
M
T
M
W
W
2:30 - 3:30p
8:30 - 9:20a
12:00 - 1:00p
12:00 - 1:00p
3:00 - 4:00
044 Rike
161 Rike
302 Allyn
140 Health Sciences
345 Oelman
EES 1070 Hundley Vasko M
W
12:20 - 1:15p
12:20 - 1:15p
054 Rike
054 Rike
ENG 3060 Strombeck Hartings M
F
12:20 - 1:15p
3:35 - 4:30p
341 Oelman
302 Allyn
FR 1010 Daddah
Halling
Koraym
Umstead
Dehmani
W
R
M
T
M
W

4:40 - 5:40p
8:30 - 9:20a
2:30 - 3:30p
3:30 - 4:30p
1:30 - 2:30p
2:30 - 3:30p

345 Oelman
244 Millett
302 Allyn
125 Med Sciences
302 Allyn
103 Oelman
FR 1020 Hirt

Bajnoczki
Luri
Hammad

T
R
M
W
T
R

10:00 - 11:00a
4:30 - 5:30p
2:30 - 3:25p
1:25 - 2:20p
3:30 - 4:25p
2:25 - 3:20p
140 Health Sciences
066 University Hall
002 Millett
244 Millett
229 Allyn
050 Rike
FR 2010 Lamoine King W
F
11:30a - 12:30p
11:30a - 12:30p
494 Allyn
302 Allyn
FR 2020 Lamoine
Daddah
Alkankouni
Riviello
T
W
M
R

2:15 - 3:15p
12:20 - 1:15p
9:00 - 10:00a
3:35 - 4:35p

303 Oelman
002 Millett
002 Millett
050 Rike
GER 1020 Sturdevant
Dona
Sturdevant
Moody
Geiling
M
W
T
M
W
9:00 - 10:00a
2:30 - 3:30p
9:00 - 9:50a
11:15a - 12:10p
11:15a - 12:10p
036 Rike
002 Millett
270 Allyn
345 Oelman
219 Allyn
GER 2020 Powers Evans R
F
9:30 - 10:30a
2:30 - 3:30p
140 Health Sciences
002 Millett
HST 1200 Pollock Wenrick
Muncie
M
R
3:35 - 4:30p
12:30 - 1:30p
014 Success Center
116 Health Sciences
JPN 1020 Tsuzuki-Deboer Garcia T
R
3:30 - 4:30p
3:30 - 4:30p
076 University Hall
066 University Hall
JPN 2020 Tsuzuki-Norng Lauro

T
R

3:30 - 4:30p
2:00 - 3:00p

242 Allyn
244 Millett

M&I 2200 Rodgers Buckner R
F
3:30 - 4:30p
10:10 - 11:05p
044 Rike
302 Allyn
NUR 2100 Holland Marx M
M
3:35 - 4:30p
1:25 - 2:25p
340 Oelman
165 Brehm Lab
PLS 2000 Hussain York T
R
5:00 - 6:00p
5:00 - 6:00p
301 Millett
050 Rike
PLS 3100 Karason Rushing T
W
5:00 - 6:00p
4:40 - 5:40p
132 Oelman
134 Health Sciences
PSY 1010 Culotta Meacham T
R
9:30 - 10:30a
3:30 - 4:30p
076 University Hall
125 Med Sciences
SOC 2000 Flowers-Taylor
Jahanbegloo
Zatreh
Beiersdorfer
T
W
W
12:40 - 1:40p
12:40 - 1:40p
3:35 - 4:45p
302 Oelman
302 Allyn
124 Allyn
SPN 1020 Roman-Garbelotto Cole T
R
11:15a - 12:10p
1:25 - 2:20p 
345 Oelman
103 Bio Sciences
SPN 2010 Alvarez Peterson M
W
2:30 - 3:25p
2:30 - 3:25p
410 Allyn
244 Millett
SPN 2020 Doran & Alvarez Harman M
T
W
R
R
12:20 - 1:15p
6:40 - 7:40p
3:35 - 4:30p
8:15 - 9:15a
12:45 - 1:45p
002 Millett
154 Russ Center
204 Fawcett
002 Millett
302 Oelman
SW 2700  Carter Evans M 6:30 - 7:30p 157 Rike
SW 2720 Meriwether Gross T
W
11:00a - 12:00p
4:40 - 5:40p
219 Allyn
066 University Hall
WGS 2000 Harris Brooks T
R
1:00 - 2:00p
3:00 - 4:00p
076 University Hall
A230 Creative Arts

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 of the following fall training session dates:

  • Thursday, August 20 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, August 21 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.