Welcome to the Supplemental Instruction Program!
Designed by researchers in the
Center for Academic Development at the University of
Missouri-Kansas City, SI is a peer tutoring program used by
hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the world.
Students who have performed well in courses that are
historically difficult are nominated by faculty members who
teach the courses to be SI leaders. Nominees are then
interviewed and selected by the SI Coordinator. SI leaders are
paired with an instructor and paid to attend all class sessions
and to lead three study sessions outside of class each
week. They are also paid for their preparation time.
(PDF) for details on the dates and times of SI sessions)
Fall 2013 SI sessions will begin September 3, 2013.
What SI Participants Say...
"My SI leader's techniques and
'been-there, done-that' attitude
with approaching problems was a
in acquiring an A this
semester." -Spring 2013 SI
"Learning new ways of
studying and hearing
the material from someone other
than the professor was very
helpful"-Spring 2013 Participant
"I understand the course
concepts much better now and
expect to get a higher
grade than I first
"I am glad I participated in the
SI sessions. It really
made a difference for
me!"-Fall 2012 Participant
"I learned other ways to
approach problems that made them
easier to understand."-Fall
- Spring 2013
- 1,152 students attended SI
sessions for a total of 6,677
- The mean final course
grade of SI participants was
2.80 compared to a 2.56 of
students not attending SI.
86% of SI participants felt they
further understood course
content as a result of SI
- Fall 2012
- 871 students attended SI
sessions throughout the
semester for a total of 5,072
- The mean GPA for students
attending SI was 2.56 while the
mean GPA for students not
attending SI was a 2.12.
- 90% of SI participants
agreed that attending SI
sessions was beneficial to their
What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction is a series of review sessions for students
taking historically difficult courses. SI is provided for all students who
want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their
grades. Attendance at sessions is voluntary.
For you the students, it's a chance to get together with people in your
class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, to develop strategies
for studying the subject, and to test yourselves before the professor does,
so that when he/she does you'll be ready. At each session you will be guided
through this material by your SI leader, a competent students who has
previously taken the course.
What's an SI leader?
Have you ever wished you could so something over, knowing what
you know now? That's impossible, but you can come close in SI.
SI leaders are students themselves and are prepared to share
with you what they have learned over the years about how to
study. They know the course content and are anxious to help
guide you through it. They'll be in class with you every day,
hearing what you hear, and reading what you read. What
they won't do is lecture; their job is to help
you think about the
lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all
together into some kind of perspective during SI study sessions
so you can learn it more efficiently.
When do SI
study sessions start?
Currently, SI sessions are scheduled on
weeknight evenings. However, on the first day of class you will fill out a
short survey to let the SI leader know your class schedule. Each SI leader
will set up two or more study sessions a week at times that are best for the
majority of you. You can attend one or all of them (the choice is yours) and
each one will be different because you'll have new material to discuss. SI
study sessions are informal. Bring your notes; bring your
textbooks; bring your questions.
What's in it for me?
If you attend SI sessions regularly,
chances are you'll earn a better grade.
You'll have developed a better understanding of course content as well as
more effective ways of studying. This will help you in other classes as
How do I become an SI leader?
If you are interested in becoming an SI leader, the first step is to
share your intention with your course professor. SI leaders are nominated by
their professors for the position. Additionally, all SI leader candidates
- Complete the SI course at SU with a final
course grade of A or B
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Obtain a recommendation from the SI course
- Apply and interview for the position with
the SI program staff
SI leaders are hired on a semester basis and earn
a semester stipend. Recruitment for new SI leaders occurs in late September
and late February each year.
If you have any questions, please
contact Heather Porter, Assistant Director for Academic Support &
Supplemental Instruction, at