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About SI

About SI

  • SI sessions are free, voluntary, and open to all students in the designated SI courses.
  • SI targets the course, not the student. Therefore, SI sessions are comprised of students with varying academic abilities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Statistically, students who regularly attend SI earn 1/2 to 1 whole letter grade higher than non-participants.
  • SI provides extra help where you will work with your peers in groups to solve problems related to course material.
  • 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 6-9:10 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 more than 20 years and has proven successful in these areas.

How to use SI

  • SI sessions are available for: 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 Schedule 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.)
  • 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 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!
  • 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. 
  • Share SI materials with the cooperating faculty member before use, if possible.
  • Provide feedback to the cooperating faculty member if requested to do so.

For Faculty

How are courses chosen for SI?

SI targets historically difficult courses. These courses tend to have high enrollment, as well as a higher number of students who do not earn a passing grade or withdraw from the course. In other words, these subjects contain content that students consider challenging.

SI is designed to support faculty, and is assigned to a subject because of what is being taught, not because of the manner in which it is being taught.

What are faculty required to do?

SI is not intended to create additional work for faculty. Faculty can support SI by having an open line of communication with their SI leader. Allowing SI leaders time to introduce SI to the class at the beginning of the term, followed by occasional in-class announcements is the minimum amount we would ask of faculty. We also ask that faculty encouraging students to take advantage of SI, since our data shows us that more students attend when encouraged by faculty. We do ask that faculty avoid the suggestion that only those who do poorly will benefit from SI, especially since our data shows otherwise. Ideally we would like faculty to collaborate with the SI leader on a weekly basis (30 minutes) to discuss the content for the week / areas students are struggling. These interactions can be very helpful to the SI leader as they prepare their weekly sessions.

What can faculty expect from the SI Leader?

The SI Leader will:

  • Attend class meetings
  • Maintain a professional attitude about matters such as class standards, grades, and student complaints
  • Discourage students from attending SI as a substitute for class
  • Share SI materials with the cooperating faculty member before use, if possible
  • Provide feedback to the cooperating faculty member if requested to do so.

What should I expect from the SI Program?

The staff in the SI Program will:

  • Cooperate with faculty in selecting candidates for SI leaders
  • Train all SI leaders according to established guidelines and standards
  • Provide supplies, training, in-service experiences and consultations for SI leaders

What are faculty members doing?

In the past, faculty members have helped encourage students to attend SI sessions by:

  • Allowing SI leaders to have access to Blackboard

  • Posting announcements on Blackboard / or their syllabus about SI sessions

  • Collaborate with the SI Coordinator to discuss ways to improve the program