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.
Specialist, Tutoring Services & Supplemental Instruction
122 Student Success Center
Spring 2017 SI Sessions
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Become an SI Leader
Summary of Position
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.
- Attend training at beginning and mid-semester.
- Attend all lectures (possibly rotating classes that have multiple sections and professors).
- 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).
- 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.
- Take attendance for every SI session.
- Complete a "planning the session" sheet for guidance and preparation.
- Meet with the instructor of the course regularly.
- Maintain communication with the SI Specialist.
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.
- To increase retention within targeted historically difficult courses
- To improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses
- To increase the graduation rates of students
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).
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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:
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.