Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of FREE, voluntary based weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses at Ohio University. Sessions are facilitated by students (SI Leaders) who have already taken and done well in the targeted courses. SI Leaders guide students through class material in a collaborative environment where students work together to discuss important concepts, compare notes, develop strategies for studying the subject, and test each other.
The SI Leaders and participating faculty are the key people in the program. Leaders work with faculty to create sessions that integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn. Sessions are offered at set times Sunday - Thursday, between 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., totaling 3 hours per week.
SI was developed by Dr. Deanna Martin in 1973 at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, designed to increase student retention and academic performance. The program has been at Ohio University for over 20 years, and has proven successful in these areas. Our data shows that students who regularly attend SI earn, on average, 1/2 to 1 whole letter grade higher than non-SI participants.
Aside from SI Leaders and faculty, there is a SI Coordinator and two SI Graduate Assistants. The coordinator implements and supervises the SI program by: Identifying targeted subjects, communicating with faculty, selecting and training SI leaders, monitoring the quality of sessions, and collecting program data. The SI graduate assistants support the coordinator in the above areas, focusing most heavily in program quality. To do this, the Graduate Assistants observe SI leaders at various times through out the term, giving them immediate feedback and suggestions.
Watch a short video about SI: SI Video Clip
Short PowerPoint about SI: SI PowerPoint