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Supplemental Instruction

Overview

faculty SISupplemental 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

Student Success Center
031C Dunbar Library
(937) 775-5673

 

SI Courses

Spring 2015 SI Sessions

Course  Instructor SI Leader(S) Day Time Room

ARA 1020

Orr
 

Brown
 

MON
FRI

2:30 - 3:25 p.m.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

345 Oelman
410 Allyn

ARA 1020 Yamani Tollon

TUES

THURS

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

242 Millett

242 Millett

ATH 2100 Hubbard Heneghan

MON
WED

10:15 - 11:05 a.m.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

134 HS
134 HS

BIO 1070 Romine Vollmer MON
WED
12:20 - 1:15 p.m.
2:30 - 3:25 p.m.
103 Oleman
103 Oleman
BIO 1120 Miller Christman  TUES
THUR
8:00-9:00 p.m.
8:00-9:00 p.m.
229 Allyn
229 Allyn
BIO 1150 Cipollini & Goldstein Ralph MON
WED
11:15 - 12:10 p.m.
9:05 - 10:00 a.m.

286 Millett 
286 Millett 

BIO 1150 Cipollini & Goldstein Smith THUR
FRI
4:00 - 4:50 p.m.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

145 Med Sci
286 Millett Hall

BIO 2110 Bubulya & Zhong Zatreh MON
WED
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
103 Oelman 
240 Allyn
CHI 1010 Du Insani WED 2:30 - 3:25 p.m. 036 Rike
CHI 2020 Broadstock Grof MON 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. 002 Millett 
CHI 2020 Broadstock Grof TUES 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. M259 CAC
CHM 1010 Turner Cassel MON 3:35-4:30 p.m. 103 Oelman
CHM 1210 Sizemore Niwemukiza MON
TUES
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
158 Rike
202 M&M
CHM 1210 Sizemore Rose MON
FRI
10:10-11:05 a.m.
12:00-1:00 p.m.
020 Rike
103 Oelman
CHM 1220 Clark Talat MON
THUR
3:00-4:00 p.m.
12:50-1:50 p.m.
036 Rike
060 Rike
CHM 2120 Ketcha Gabbard

MON
FRI

11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

108 Fawcett
449 Oleman

CHM 2120 Turnbull Schlater WED 10:10 - 11:10 a.m. 108 Fawcett
FIN 2210 Morris Fuller TUES
THURS
3:30-4:30 p.m.
5:30-6:20 p.m.
161 Rike
161 Rike
FR 1010 Abadie Bajnoczki WED
FRI
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

028 Millett
036 Rike

FR 1010 Ould-Daddah Koraym TUES
WED
8:20 - 9:20 a.m.
3:35 - 4:30 p.m.
044 Rike
028 Millett
FR 1020 Creese Hunsberger WED 3:35 - 4:30 p.m. 244 Millett
FR 1020 Hirt Lurie THUR 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 242 Millett
FR 2010 Danner Bizwinayo

TUES

FRI

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

161 Rike

009 Millett

FR 2020 Ould-Daddah Hunsberger

TUES

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 497 Millett
FR 2020 Abadie Ntwali MON 12:20 - 1:15 p.m. 002 Millett
FR 2020 Abadie Ntwali THUR 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 499 Millett
GER 1020 Dona Moody THUR 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 044 Rike
GER 2020 Dona Evans

TUES

WED

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

105 Bio Sciences

244 Millett

JPN 1020 Tsuzuki-Deboer Hickman MON 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 028 Med Sci
JPN 1020 Tsuzuki-Deboer Hickman THUR 8:30 - 9:20 a.m. 058 Rike
JPN 2020 Tsuzuki-Deboer Garcia

TUES

THUR

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

028 Millett

058 Rike

M & I 2200 Rodgers Kaur TUES 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 341 Oelman
M & I 2200 Rodgers Kaur FRI 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 410 Allyn
MS 2040 Chesen Brex MON 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 066 Univ. Hall
MS 2050 Chesen Brex  THUR 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 134 Health Sci
MS 2050 Chesen Brex Fri 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 134 Health Sci
MTH 1280 Otto Becerril FRI 2:30-3:25 p.m. 103 Oelman
MTH 1280 Abas Nedrow WED
THUR
4:40-5:30 p.m.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
271 M & M
240 Allyn
MTH 1280 Twarek Iskandarani

MON

THUR

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

020 Oelman 

036 Rike

MTH 1450 Smith Orr

TUES

WED

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

4:40 - 5:40 p.m.

499 Millett

499 Millett

NUR 2100 Holland Jones TUES
WED
5:00-6:00 p.m.
1:30-2:20 p.m.
125 Med Sci.
020 Rike
NUR 3100 Matcham Thomas MON
THUR
4:40 - 5:30 p.m.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
035 Med Sci.
035 Med Sci.
PHY 2400

Mieskoski

Takem-Baiyee

TUES
THUR

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

204 Fawcett
204 Fawcett

PHY 2410 Sharma Foraker TUES
MON 
12:30am-1:30 p.m.
3:35-4:30 p.m.
242 Allyn
242 Allyn
PLS 2000 Kantha Baker THURS
FRI
5:00-6:00 p.m.
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
A230 CA
242 Allyn
PLS 2000 Hussain York WED
FRI
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
242 Allyn
242 Allyn
PLS 2100 Karason Burns WED
FRI
6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
103 Oelman
103 Oelman
PSY 1010 Culotta

Stefanoff

MON
TUE

10:10 - 11:05 a.m.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

076 Univ. Hall
060 Rike

SPN 1010 Cintia Tomlin WED 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 009 Millett
SPN 1020 Cipriano Cole WED
THUR
10:10 - 11:05 a.m.
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
002 Millett
161 Rike
SPN 1020 Irvin Sudhoff MON
THUR
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
157 Rike
157 Rike
SPN 1020 Irvin Tomlin MON 3:35 - 4:25 p.m. 002 Millett
SPN 1020 Richards Conkel MON
WED
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
036 Rike
044 Rike
SPN 2010 Roman Marques-Vuelta MON
WED
FRI
12:20 - 1:15 p.m.
12:20 - 1:15 p.m.
12:20 - 1:15 p.m.
302 Allyn
302 Allyn
302 Allyn
SPN 2010 Garrido King TUES 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 242 Millett
SPN 2020 Doran Marques-Vuelta THUR 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 210 Allyn
STT 1600 Seoh Brex WED 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 108 Fawcett

Download:  Supplemental Instruction Spring 2015

Become an SI Leader

Summary of Position

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.

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 023R Dunbar Library to complete an application.

SI for Faculty Tab

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). 

How do SI Leaders differ from Teaching Assistants –  SI Leaders vs. Teaching Assistants: What’s the Difference?

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.