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Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that utilizes peer-assisted study to target historically difficult courses. SI is a non-remedial approach to learning enrichment that increases student performance and retention. SI offers regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions to all students enrolled in a targeted course. SI study sessions are informal seminars in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and prepare for examinations. Students learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills. The sessions are facilitated by “SI leaders”, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.

Students who attend SI sessions statically earn better grades. Research shows that students regularly average one half to one full letter grade higher than their classmates who choose not to attend. Students are also able to transfer the skills they learn to other classes that do not offer SI support.

Purpose:

  • To increase retention within targeted historically difficult courses
  • To improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses
  • To increase the graduation rates of students

SI is offered to all students in a targeted course. SI is a non-remedial approach to learning, as the program targets high-risk courses rather than high-risk students. All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions, as it is a voluntary program.

Students interested in participating in an SI session should contact their instructor to determine if an SI option is available for their particular course section, or contact the Academic Support Centers.