What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free, peer-facilitated academic assistance program designed to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions that involve collaborative learning activities through which students can clarify course concepts and practice the types of study strategies that will help them truly master the information and skills required by the target course.
The sessions are facilitated by SI leaders—students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, work closely with faculty, and act as model students. Studies have shown that students who attend SI receive a lower rate of D, F, or course withdrawals; earn higher mean final course grades; and graduate at a higher rate than those who do not attend.
Facts About SI:
- Began at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973.
- Currently serves more than 1,500 colleges and universities across 30 countries.
- Provides organized, peer-facilitated group study time.
- Focuses on how students prepare for class outside of class.
- Integrates what to learn with how to learn.
- Revolves around student-to-student interaction and cooperative learning.
- Targets at-risk courses rather than at-risk students.
- Encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning.