Welcome to the Supplemental Instruction Program!
The Center for Student Achievement is continuing the SI program
during the Spring 2013 semester. 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
traditionally 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)
Spring 2013 SI sessions begin February 3, 2013.
- Attended sessions for Fall 2012 was 5,072 visits.
Our Spring 2012 SI leaders have an average
cumulative GPA of 3.49 and in the Fall 2011
semester had an average GPA of 3.53.
In the Fall of 2011 there were 1,218 SI
Sessions held throughout the semester.
The mean GPA for students attending SI was
3.01 while the mean GPA for students not
attending SI was 2.62.
During the Fall 2011 semester there were
4,893 SI contact hours.
- 871 students attended SI
sessions throughout the
- 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
The role of the SI leader involves
modeling behavior that translates to success in the classroom. By attending
the class, the SI leader is able to understand faculty expectations. The SI
leader works with the students voluntarily attending study sessions by
generating relevant discussions and creating worksheets and test questions
that enable students to feel empowered when encountering difficult material.
SI leaders participate in extensive training the week before classes begin
If you have any questions, please
contact Heather Porter, Assistant Director for Academic Support &
Supplemental Instruction, at
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