Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction (SI):

The Academic Support Center has identified barrier courses as those courses that have proven to be difficult among students.  Several of these courses although difficult are required courses. These courses have both a high number of tutoring appointments and D, F, W grades. Offering supplemental Instruction (SI) for barrier courses is a proactive intervention that is effective in increasing persistence and retention.  

What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions.  SI sessions are:
  • Regularly scheduled
  • Informal review sessions
  • Facilitated by SI leaders 

What is the purpose of SI?

  • To improve student grades in barrier courses
  • To increase retention within barrier courses
  • To increase the graduation rates of students

Who are SI leaders?

SI leaders are students who have previously done well in the course and attend class lectures, take notes and act as model students.

Is SI free?

Yes! SI is a free service offered to all students registered in a targeted course.  

Who should attend SI?

All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions. SI is designed to target high-risk courses not high-risk students.  

What happens during an SI session?

SI sessions are informal review sessions that may include, development of organizational tools, and prediction of test items and/or comparison of notes.  Students learn study skills they can apply to any class.
The SI leader helps students make good use of their time and shares strategies he or she used to be successful in the course.  The SI leader will not re-lecture, give out copies of his or her notes, or help students with assigned homework. 

What courses are currently supported by SI?

The classes vary each semester.

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