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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.

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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.

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Who is 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.

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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.

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What is 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.


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