Supplemental Instruction (SI): Ask,
Learn, Succeed Together!
by researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, SI is
a peer academic enhancement program used by hundreds of colleges
and universities throughout the world. Students who have performed
well in historically difficult courses are nominated to be SI leaders
by their faculty members. SI leaders are then paired with
an instructor, attend all class sessions, and facilitate three hours
of study sessions each week, open to all enrolled students.
SI offers weekly structured study sessions where students can:
· ASK questions, discuss, and practice course
· LEARN strategies and skills to study course
· SUCCEED: SI participants often earn higher
final course grades
Denoted by -5XX section numbers, SI supports many General Education
courses including Accounting, Math, Music, and Chemistry.
Faculty, please click
here for our Faculty Resources Page.
2014 SI Sessions will begin February 3, 2014.
here to view schedule.
What SI Participants Say...
"It's invaluable! Understanding and applying
[information] vs. memorizing [it] !"-Fall
2013 SI Participant
"It's like a giant study group and there
is someone of expertise in the subject who can answer questions
you may have."-Fall 2013 SI Participant
"My SI leader's techniques and 'been-there, done-that' attitude
with approaching problems was a significant help
in acquiring an A this semester." -Spring 2013 SI Participant
"Learning new ways of studying and hearing
the material from someone other than the professor was very
helpful"-Spring 2013 SI Participant
"I understand the course concepts much better now and expect
to get a higher grade than I first anticipated."-Spring
2013 SI Participant
- Fall 2013
- 53% of all students enrolled in SI courses (1,510 students)
- Students visited SI sessions over 8,710 times throughout
- The mean final course grade of SI participants was 2.47
compared to a 1.91 of students not attending SI.
- In general, students who attended SI earned a half-letter
grade higher than the students who did not attend.
- As a result of SI attendance, students reported:
- Greater clarity with course concepts
- Improved study skills
- Increased comfort with asking questions
- Enhanced ways to actively study
- Better performance on tests
- The average cumulative GPA of SI leaders was 3.58 for
the fall semester!
- 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 attendance.
- The average GPA of our SI leaders was 3.63 for the spring
Consider applying to be an SI Leader!
Check back in
September for Spring 2015 opportunities!
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 well.
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 must:
- 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 professor
- Apply and interview for the position with the SI program
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