Supplemental Instruction


The mission of Supplemental Instruction is to serve as an academic assistance program that increases student performance and persistence. It is the goal of the SI program to help students integrate course content with study skills in an educational group environment.

About Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are peer-led review sessions for selected courses. The sessions are organized to allow students the opportunity to interact with their classmates as they construct knowledge. More specifically, SI sessions provide a chance for students to get together with classmates to compare notes, discuss important concepts, and develop strategies for studying the subject. The sessions are facilitated by a trained SI leader, a student who has taken the course and earned a high grade. The leader shares with the students what he or she has learned about how to study effectively for the course. The leader attends all of the classes, taking notes and listening closely to the professor. The leader helps the students become independent learners by planning activities that encourage students to work together and process material themselves.

SI targets historically difficult courses that show a high rate of D, F, and W’s. Salem State has offered SI for the past 12 years in such courses as BIO 105, BIO 200, BIO201, CHE 124, CHE 125, GLS 100, GLS 102MAT 90,MAT 123 MAT 247, PSY 101, PSY 203R, PSY 204S, ACC 106, HST 101 and HST 102.

Typically, the students who  have taken and SI class:

  • Improve their grade point average
  • Acquire short-term and long term study skills
  • Learn how to prepare more thoroughly for exams, both content and format
  • Learn how to organize class materials
  • Become better independent learners