Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that increases student success through the use of group learning techniques.
SI targets courses that are traditionally difficult for students to pass; those that have high rates of D's, F's and withdrawals. SI does not identify high-risk students, but high-risk courses. Once these courses are identified, an SI leader is assigned to provide regularly scheduled out-of-class, peer-facilitated study sessions.
SI Differs From Tutoring
- SI targets high-risk courses instead of high-risk students.
- SI is open to all students in the class; it is not remedial.
- SI is proactive rather than reactive.
- SI begins the first week of class before students encounter academic problems.
- SI leaders are knowledgeable of the course content and trained in specific teaching/learning theory and techniques.
- SI leaders attend classes with students, read assigned materials, take class notes, and conduct regularly scheduled out-of-class group sessions when class is not in session.
- SI leaders facilitate and encourage the group to process material rather than acting as a lecturer or teacher.
SI leaders attend classes, take notes, read assigned material and meet with the students three or more times a week to discuss material and answer questions regarding the material and key concepts.
All SI leaders have successfully completed the course they are leading, usually with the same instructor. SI leaders participate in intensive two-day training session before the beginning of the academic term as well as sessions throughout the semester.
SI sessions integrate how to learn with what to learn. SI leaders actively engage the students in the learning process. One of the goals of the program is to demonstrate the value of good study habits and show how they can be integrated into all subject areas with a great deal of success.
SI sessions are scheduled at times most convenient for students, with the most popular times being before and after class. All SI sessions take place in a special SI area or classroom.
Students attend SI sessions voluntarily and work together regardless of academic ability. Students collaborate in their own learning, with the SI leader taking the lead only when students cannot. Instructors are not informed whether a student attends SI or not.
SI Improves Student Success. Nationally, SI students earn higher course grades and withdraw less often than non-SI participants. More than 1,000 colleges and universities have utilized SI.
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