Supplemental Instruction Program
Designed by researchers in the Center for
Academic Development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,
SI is a peer academic support program used by hundreds of colleges and
universities throughout the world.
What is Supplemental Instruction?
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
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?
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
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.
for the dates and times of Fall 2014 SI Sessions.