Supplemental Instruction (SI): Ask,
Learn, Succeed Together!
Designed by researchers in the Center for Academic Development
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 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.
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
click here for our Faculty Resources Page.
(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
The average GPA of our SI
leaders was 3.63 for the spring
- Fall 2012
- 871 students attended SI
sessions throughout the semester
for a total of 5,072 visits.
- 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
Apply to be a Spring 2014 SI leader!
for recommendation form.
All applications must be submitted by November 8, 2013.
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
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