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 predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. SI is designed to (1) reduce rates of attrition within targeted historically difficult courses; (2) improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses; and (3) increase the graduation rates of students.
The SI model involves key persons:
- The faculty members of the identified historically difficult courses invite and support SI. Faculty members usually screen SI leaders for content competency and approve selections.
- The SI leaders (often referred to as "SIs") are students who have been deemed course competent, approved by the course instructor, and trained in proactive learning and study strategies. SI leaders attend course lectures, take notes, read all assigned materials, and conduct three to five out-of-class SI sessions a week. The SI leader is the "model student," a facilitator who helps students to integrate course content and learning/study strategies.
If you are interested in becoming an SI Leader, please download the application on the link below. Once application is complete, it can be dropped off in the ERC with the Administrative Assistant located in the McCaffrey Center, first floor, room 131.