Ohio University

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is available online while classes are remote

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.

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 SI Works

  • SI Leaders will contact students directly from class rosters to indicate that SI is available for a course and to provide instructions on how to join the online sessions.
  • Sessions are offered at set times Sunday-Thursday, between 6-9:10 p.m., totaling 3 hours per week. 
  • 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. 
  • Sessions are free, voluntary, and open to all students enrolled in SI courses.
  • Sessions are for students with any range of academic abilities.
  • 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
  • Leaders work with faculty to create sessions that integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn.
  • Students get extra help working with peers in groups to solve problems related to course material. 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.
  • SI is not a place to go to get homework questions answered, but rather to gain a deeper understanding of the material being covered in the course. 
  • Sessions involve active review of course content, and also focus on study strategies such as note taking, organization, questioning techniques, vocabulary acquisition, problem solving/critical thinking, and test preparation.
  • If any information has changed for an SI session in any week, your SI leader will send you an email. Please always check your email for possible updates before attending an SI Session. Days or times 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.)

Courses and Schedule

Accounting (ACCT)

Course SI Leader Session Time Microsoft Teams Link
ACCT 1010 Emma Hall Monday
6-7 pm
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ACCT1010 Emma Hall Wednesday 
6-7 pm
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Biology (BIOS)

Course SI Leader Session Time Microsoft Teams Link
BIOS 1030 Abby Hearne Monday 
7-8 pm
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BIOS 1030  Abby Hearne Tuesday 
7-8 pm
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BIOS 1030 Abby Hearne Thursday
7-8 pm
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BIOS 1700 Ally Hearne Monday 
7-8 pm
 
BIOS 1700 Ally Hearne Wednesday 
7-8 pm
 
BIOS 1700 Ally Hearne  Thursday 
7-8 pm
 
BIOS 1700 Chelsea T. Monday
6:30-7:30 pm
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BIOS 1700 Chelsea T. Wednesday 
6:30-7:30 pm
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BIOS 1700  Chelsea T. Friday
6:30-7:30 pm
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BIOS 1710 Riley Zielinski Tuesday
7-8 pm
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BIOS 1710 Riley Zielinski Thursday
7-8 pm
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BIOS 1300 Isabella Milstead Monday
4-5 pm
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BIOS 1300 Isabella Mistead Thursday
5-6 pm
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BIOS 1310 Tori Bucci Monday 
5-6 pm
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BIOS 1310 Tori Bucci Tuesday 
5-6 pm
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BIOS 1310 Tori Bucci Wednesday
5-6 pm
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Chemistry (CHEM)

Course SI Leader Session Time Microsoft Teams Link
CHEM 1205 Caroline Gulla
Journey Poindexter
Tuesday 
6-7 pm
 
CHEM 1205 Caroline Gulla
Journey Poindexter
Thursday
5-6 pm
 
CHEM 1500 Allison Swigart Monday
7-8 pm
 
CHEM 1500 Allison Swigart Thursday
7-8 pm
 
CHEM 1510 Jolie Bogart Monday 
5-6 pm
 
CHEM 1510 Jolie Bogart Wednesday
6-7 pm
 

Engineering Technology (ET)

Course SI Leader Session Time Microsoft Teams Link
ET 2200 Maxeen Ramlo Tuesday
7-8 pm
 
ET 2200 Maxeen Ramlo Thursday 
7-8 pm
 

Math (MATH)

Course SI Leader Session Time Microsoft Teams Link
MATH 1200  Kelsie Flick Wednesday
4:30-5:30 pm
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MATH 1200  Kelsie Flick Thursday
12-1 pm 
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MATH 1300  Janna Berger Monday 
5-6 pm
 
MATH 1300  Janna Berger Tuesday 
5-6 pm
 
MATH 1350  Maisy Bogart Monday 
5-6 pm
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MATH 1350  Maisy Bogart Wednesday 
6-7 pm
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MATH 2301  Katrina Schneider  Tuesday
5-7 pm
 
MATH 2301 Katrina Schneider  Wednesday 
5-7 pm
 
MATH 2301  Katrina Schneider Thursday
5-6 pm
 
MATH 2302 Nick Barker Thursday
5-6 pm.
 

Nutrition (NUTR)

Course SI Leader Session Time Microsoft Teams Link
NUTR 1000 Kelsey Large Monday
8-9 pm 
 
NUTR 1000 Kelsey Large Tuesday
7-8 pm
 
NUTR 1000 Taylor Bonn Monday 
7-8 pm
 
NUTR 1000 Taylor Bonn Wednesday
7-8 pm
 

Physics (PHYS)

Course SI Leader Session Time Microsoft Teams Link
PHYS 2001 Sarah Domke TBD  
PHYS 2051 Laura Ndoigo Monday
7:30-8:30 pm
 
PSY 1010 Kyra Fife Tuesday 
4-5 pm
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PSY 1010 Kyra Fife Wednesday
7-8 pm
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PSY 1010 Kyra Fife Thursday 
7-8 pm
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PSY 2110 Lyndsay Walsh Monday 
5-6 pm 
 
PSY 2110 Lyndsay Walsh Tuesday 
5-6 pm
 
PSY 2110  Lyndsay Walsh Wednesday
6-7 pm 
 
PSY 2110 Lyndsay Walsh Sunday 
12-1 pm
 

Student Testimonials

"I benefitted from SI sessions because it helped motivate me to study more. I did not do well on my first quiz in the class but after I began to attend SI somewhat regularly my grades improved tremendously."

"It was awesome having a more in depth discussion about the topics while they were still fresh in the mind. [The SI Leader] did a great job of facilitating those discussions, was always prepared with handouts despite her hectic schedule, was always cheerful and kept the SI session light and fun, and covered a large amount of material, breaking sections into individual, small group, and class work."

"It was a comfortable environment to learn."

"Going to SI truly helped me learn these math skills not just temporarily, but in a long term way. I couldn't have made it through without the help of my wonderful leader."

"SI brought my grade up 20%."

"I feel that SI really helped my grade in the course this semester. On my first exam, I failed. After this I started going to SI and got a C+ on my second exam."

Faculty FAQ

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? What can they do to assist?

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 encourage 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 and areas students are struggling. These interactions can be very helpful to the SI leader as they prepare their weekly sessions.

In the past, faculty members have also 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

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 can faculty expect from the SI program staff?

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

Aside from SI Leaders and faculty, there is an 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 graduate assistants support the coordinator in the above areas, focusing most heavily in program quality. To do this, the GAs observe SI Leaders at various times through out the term, giving them immediate feedback and suggestions.