What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review for courses that have been proven to be historically difficult for many students. SI is available to all students who want to improve understanding of the course material and course grades. SI session attendance is completely voluntary, but attendance records are kept to evaluate the program. SI is free to students!
SI provides a time to get together with classmates to compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test understanding before the instructor does. However, SI is not a typical study session and we are proud of this! The SI coach will come with ideas of what to discuss; students should bring questions and decide as a group what to work on. As oppose to the SI coach talking all the time, students are encouraged to work collaboratively to solve problems and explain material.
SI is a popular source of academic support, because the sessions provide a relaxed atmosphere in which to learn. Students can come and go anytime during the session, and the small group setting provides a more comfortable environment for taking risks when asking questions and working toward finding answers. In addition, SI sessions give students the chance to get to know other students enrolled in the course.
Who is an SI Coach?
SI coaches are peers who have a solid background in the course material, have already
successfully completed the course, and have a desire to help other students. Unlike
teaching assistants, SI coaches do not have access to student data or grades, and
they do not help the instructor take attendance or make decisions about the course.
All SI coaches will be in lecture every day participating in class and observing the
instructional material that is cover. They do not re-lecture; they facilitate active
learning of the course material to prepare for course assessments.
What is in it for the student?
The SI model has proven that students, who attend SI sessions regularly, often earn
a higher course grade. SI results from previous semesters prove this while they also
show the difference attending SI can make. By attending SI sessions, students develop
a better understanding of the course content as well as more effective ways of studying.
The skills and techniques learned in SI will help students in other courses as well.