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Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions for students in "historically difficult courses" — courses in subjects with a high rate of D or F grades and withdrawals. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of the course material and improve their grades.
SI is free and open to any student taking the course. A typical session might include some direct instruction, modeling of a learning strategy (such as a concept map), and/or review of the concepts. Many of the techniques discussed in an SI session can be applied to other courses. These sessions are voluntary and open to any student taking the course.
It is a chance for students to meet with peers from their class to compare notes, work through problems, discuss concepts, strengthen study skills, and apply new knowledge.
SI Leaders are qualified and trained students who have taken the course previously, often from the same instructor, and who have excelled. The SI leaders take part in an intensive training session before the beginning of the academic term with additional training throughout the academic year. Their training covers learning and instructional strategies aimed at strengthening student academic performance, data collection, and management details.
The SI Leaders:
While SI may differ from other types of study sessions, it may also have some things in common. It may be helpful for you to think of these items below on a continuum: