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Supplemental Instruction

Getting Started with SI

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. Sessions are facilitated by students (SI Leaders) who have already taken and done well in the course.

SI Leaders will guide you through class material in an environment where you are working with other students to discuss important concepts, compare notes, develop strategies for studying the subject, and test each other before you are actually tested by your professor.

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SI is unique

  1. SI sessions are FREE, VOLUNTARY, and open to ALL students in the designated SI courses.
  2. SI targets the course, not the student. Therefore, SI sessions are comprised of students with varying academic abilities.
  3. SI sessions not only involve active review of course content, but also focus on study strategies such as: note taking, organization, questioning techniques, vocabulary acquisition, problem solving/critical thinking, and test preparation.
  4. SI leaders have not only already taken the course and received a high grade, but they also sit in on the class again, take notes, and read assignments to make sessions as relevant and beneficial as possible.
  5. Statistically, students who regularly attend SI earn 1/2 to 1 whole letter grade higher than non-participants.

Understanding SI

  • SI is free and voluntary
  • A place to go for extra help where you will work with your fellow peers in groups to solve problems related to course material.
  • SI sessions are lead by an undergraduate student who has taken and done well in the course / have a strong understanding of material, but they are not experts. Skipping class and going to SI instead will not help you!
  • You don't need to sign up in advance to attend, but you do have to go if you want to obtain SI materials such as worksheets. (Students will not fully benefit from the SI program without actually attending, which is why this policy is in place.)
  • SI is not a place to go to get homework questions answered—sorry—but rather to gain a deeper understanding of the material being covered in the course. If you have a quick homework question, you may want to consider going to the math or science center instead.
  • Going to SI consistently is worth your time. Take a look at this spring 2017 SI attendance data:
SI Spring 2017 table

How to use SI

  • Review this list of course numbers: ACCT 1010, BIOS 1030, BIOS 1300, BIOS 1310 (spring semester only), BIOS 1700, BIOS 1710, CHEM 1210, CHEM 1220, CHEM 1500, CHEM 1510, CHEM 1520, ET 2200, MATH 1200, MATH 1300, MATH 1350, MATH 2301, MATH 2302, NUTR 1000, PHYS 2001, PSY 1010 (not all classes)
  • Throughout the week, check the SI Calendar to look for changes in your SI sessions and update your calendar accordingly. Days or locations of sessions may change based on course happenings (exams, midterms, department-led study session) or the SI Leader's availability (family emergency, sick, out of town, etc.)