Did You Know?


What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) consists of weekly review sessions for students enrolled in difficult courses. SI is a chance for you to get together with your classmates to compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying, and to test yourselves before your professor does. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. Sessions are facilitated by a trained SI leader.

What is an SI Leader?

SI leaders are students who have taken the class before and earned a high grade. They are prepared to share with you how to study effectively for this course. They know the course content and will help guide you through it. They will also be in class with you every day, taking notes and listening closely to the professor.

How Does it Work?

At each session you will be guided through course concepts by your SI leader who has previously taken the course and has been trained in group facilitation techniques. Your SI leader will:

  • help you make good use of your study time
  • share with you the strategies he/she used to be successful in the course
  • help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read
  • not re-lecture or give you his/her class notes
  • not do your homework or your thinking for you
  • put it all together into some perspective so you can learn it more efficiently

What's in it for Me?

If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you'll earn a better grade. Research shows that students who attend SI sessions regularly average one-half to one full letter grade higher than their classmates who don't attend. When you attend SI, you'll develop a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. You'll make a few new friends, too!

When do Sessions Start?

SI sessions start the first or second week of classes. The survey you fill out on the first day of class asks for your schedule. The SI leader will look at the schedule and find times that work for you. Your SI leader will keep you informed about the times and locations for sessions.

What Does it Cost?

SI costs you nothing except your time. Assistance is free! Come as often as you like. Keep in mind, though, the statistics show that the more you come, the better your grade!

How Will I Know if SI is Offered in My Class?

To locate courses that offer Supplemental Instruction, Go to your Navigator>Registration>Additional Search Criteria>Course Attributes>Supplemental Instruction. 

On the first day of class your SI leader will make an announcement. You'll fill out a short survey to let the SI leader know your class schedule. Please bring your official schedule of classes with you so you'll be able to complete the survey accurately. Each SI leader will set up weekly review sessions at times that are best for the majority. And each one will be different because you'll have new material to discuss. SI sessions are informal. Bring your notes; bring your textbook; bring your questions.