Supplemental Instruction


What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are weekly review sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. SI targets tough courses!

SI provides a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, to develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test yourselves before your professor does, so that when he/she does, you'll be ready.

SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. These sessions are facilitated by a trained SI leader.

What does an SI Leader do?

Have you ever wished you could do something over, knowing what you know now? That's impossible, but you can come close in SI. SI leaders are students themselves who have taken the class before and earned a high grade. They are prepared to share with you what they have learned about how to study effectively for this course. They know the course content and are anxious to help guide you through it. They'll also be in class with you every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read.

How does it work?

At each session you will be guided through course concepts by your SI leader, a competent student who has previously taken the course and been trained in group facilitation techniques.

Your leader will not lecture or give you his/her class notes. Your leader will not do your homework or your thinking for you.

Your leader will help you make good use of your study time. After all, you have to study anyway. Might as well do it with friends so that you can share your knowledge and figure things out together. Your leader will share with you the strategies he/she used to be successful in the course. Your leader's job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all together into some kind of perspective during SI review sessions so you can learn it more efficiently.

Will the professor be present at the SI session?

The professor will not be present at the SI sessions. You are free to address the problems you face in the class. You will be surprised to see how many other students in the class have similar problems understanding the material and face the same anxiety you do concerning the test and quiz given in the class. Interacting with the others and discussing the course content in an uninhibited atmosphere helps you prepare in a more effective manner.

What's in it for me?

If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you'll earn a better grade. Research shows that students who attend SI sessions regularly average one half to one full letter grade higher than their classmates who choose not to attend. When you attend SI, you'll develop a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. Hopefully, you'll make a few new friends, too!

When do sessions start?

SI sessions start the very first week of classes. Remember, the secret of success is to study proactively! Don't wait until the night before the test!! (You don't know anyone who would do that now, do you????) Since you have to study anyway, why not come to SI and make efficient use of your study time? Your SI leader will keep you informed about the times and locations for sessions.

What does it cost?

The best part of the deal is that SI is free! If we keep track of how often you come, it is only for our research purposes. We want to show the student population all around the world how effective SI is!