Student Benefits of SI
What are the Academic Benefits of SI?
- Better course grade and a higher GPA.
- The material you master is valuable in other courses.
- Learn the language (jargon) of the course by talking with other students.
- Encourages understanding of the course material through multiple student perspectives.
- Learn to study more effectively and efficiently to increase free time.
- Veteran student perspective gives students insight into questions the professor may ask.
- Learn study skills to help with current and future courses.
- Knowledge stays fresh in your mind, and review of information is ongoing.
- Able to ask questions about course material to as small group of peers instead of the large lecture hall of students.
- Learning and studying with others helps you recognize and learn important information that you may have missed or not understood before you take and exam.
- Being in a relaxed environment where the information is discussed in a different way.
What are the Personal Benefits of SI?
- Opportunity to meet other student in class, form study groups, and possibly make life-long friends.
- Meet students to sit by in class that provide motivation to go to class.
- Opportunity to talk with SI coaches, who are successful students, about how to be a successful student.
- Meet students with who you can form study groups.
- Improve communication skills
- Talking with other students and the SI coach about majors, what to expect, classes to take, and other advice.
- Get motivated to take responsibility for your own learning and personal development.
- Increase your self-confidence in academic and social interactions.
What are the Cognitive Benefits of SI?
- Greater understanding of the course material.
- Develop higher-level thinking skills.
- Test your knowledge of the material before class quizzes and exams.
- Increase awareness of and tolerance for ambiguity or complexity.
- Gain understanding of multiple perspectives by working with a diverse group of students.
- Practice critical thinking skills in the context of the course material.