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Supplemental Instruction

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. The sessions are facilitated by our SI leaders, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.

  • What are benefits of SI?
    1. It's free!
    2. It can help improve your study skills for the class.
    3. Students who attend at least 5 times before each exam tend to make a letter grade higher.
    4. Guaranteed study time with SI leader and classmates.
    5. Regularly scheduled so you can work it into your schedule.
  • What is an SI Leader?

    SI sessions are led by students who have already been successful in the same class that you are taking. They are trained by the Center of Academic Success to facilitate study groups and work closely with the professor to ensure that the study group are on target with the course.

  • How does it work?

    At each session, the SI leader will guide the students through the course concepts. SI leaders will help students make good use of their time and share the strategies he or she used to be successful in the course. SI leaders will not re-lecture, give out copies of his or her notes, help students with assigned homework, or encourage last minute test cramming.

  • What's in it for me?

    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.

  • How will I know if SI is offered in my class?

    The SI leader will make an announcement about sessions on the first day of class. Students will be asked to fill out a short survey regarding their class schedule and availability. Students are encouraged to bring their official class schedule with them on the first day.

  • When do sessions start?

    SI sessions start the first or second week of class. The SI leader will announce times and locations for sessions during the first class period. Each SI leader typically sets up three or more review sessions per week.

  • What does it cost?

    SI sessions are free! Students are encouraged to come as often as they like, however, the statistics show that the more students attend the better their grades.

  • Become an S.I. Leader

    Students interested in becoming a Supplemental Instruction Leader should apply online. Please list faculty as your references in the online application.

  • Contact Information

    Shelby Scott Garrison
    Phone(678) 839-6280