Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a non-remedial approach to learning that supports students toward academic success by integrating “what to learn” with “how to learn.” SI consists of regularly scheduled, out-of-class group study sessions driven by students’ needs. SI sessions are facilitated by “SI Leaders,” students who have already mastered the course material who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students. The SI Leader has been trained to facilitate group sessions wherein students can meet to improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss important concepts, develop study strategies and prepare for exams. The SI leaders utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer interaction in small groups.
SI is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. SI is a non-remedial approach to learning as the program targets high-risks courses rather than high-risks students. All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions, as it is a voluntary program. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness and diverse ethnicities participate. There is no remedial stigma attached to SI since the program targets high-risk courses rather high-risk students.
SI Leader Testimonies
Attending SI sessions vastly improved my confidence as a student and helped me find a friendly community at school. My SI Leader and their sessions were instrumental in me deciding to commit to studying biology. After that class, I was lucky enough to become a SI Leader and help other students achieve their own success and be a part of a community, all while I learned valuable leadership skills that will stick with me for life.
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