What is Supplemental Instruction?

SI logoSupplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly 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. See a list of course offerings in the current printed schedule of classes. Search the index of the PDF document for "supplemental instruction."  

SI sessions are open to all students in the course and are attended on a voluntary basis FREE of charge. For you the student, 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 your 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 student who has previously taken the course.

What is an SI Leader?

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 review sessions so you can learn it more efficiently.

When do SI review sessions start?

On the second week of class  you will fill out a short survey to let the SI leader know your class schedule. Each SI leader will set up three review sessions a week at times that are best for the majority of you. You can attend one, two, or all three (the choice is yours) and each one will be different because you will have new material to discuss. SI review sessions are informal, and you are able to bring food and drinks.  See current SI Session Schedule.

What should I bring to an SI review session?

  • Textbook
  • Notes
  • Questions

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.

For more information contact:

Office of Student Success
Student Union Building, Room 141 (Study Central)
(209) 384-6177

 

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