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 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 more than 10 years in the following subjects: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Geography, Math, Psychology, World Languages and Cultures, and Sociology. 

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