Supplemental instruction (SI)
What is SI?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series
of weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses.
SI is available to all students who want to improve their grade and their understanding
of course material. Attendance at sessions is voluntary. Your SI leader will guide you through
material at each session.
Review sessions are an opportunity for
- discuss and review important concepts
- compare notes with people in your class
- develop study strategies
- test yourself before the professor does
What’s an SI leader?
SI leaders are students who have
previously taken the course. SI leaders
are eager to share study skills, and guide you through the course material. SI leaders will attend class with you, to
hear what you hear and read what you read.
SI leaders help you think about the course material and how to best
learn the material so you can get the grade you want.
When do SI review sessions start?
At the beginning of the semester, each SI
leader will set up four or more weekly review sessions at times that are best
for the majority of students in the class. You can attend one, two, three, or
all four, and each session will be different because you’ll have new material
to discuss. SI review sessions are informal, but you must bring your notes,
textbook, and questions.
What’s in it for me?
Regular attendance at SI sessions
increases your chances of a better grade. You will develop a better
understanding of course content, as well as more effective ways of studying.
This will also help you in other classes.
Students who use SI earn fewer Ds and Fs
than students who don't utilize SI. You will have the inside track on your
course, because the SI leader is familiar with the professor's material and
style of teaching. It just might help
you earn that A!
Assistant Director, SLCs
Program Coordinator, Sr. SI