What is SI?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an
academic support program that targets historically difficult courses. SI is a
non-remedial approach to learning enrichment that increases student performance
and retention. SI offers regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions to
all students enrolled in a targeted course. SI study sessions are informal
seminars in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop
organizational tools and prepare for examinations. Students learn how to
integrate course content with reasoning and study skills.
What is an SI Leader?
SI leaders are students themselves
who have taken the class before and earned a high grade in the course. Faculty
typically recommends the leaders who facilitate the SI sessions. SI leaders are
prepared to share with students how to effectively study for the course. SI
leaders attend the same class every day, taking notes and listening closely to
the professor. The SI coordinating team trains them in how to be effective
facilitators and receive ongoing supervision.
How does it work?
At each session, the SI leader will
guide the students through the course concepts. SI leaders will help students
make good use of their time and share the strategies he or she used to be
successful in the course.
SI leaders will not re-lecture,
give out copies of his or her notes, help students with assigned homework, or
encourage last minute test cramming.
What's in it for me?
Students who attend SI sessions
earn better grades. Research shows that students regularly average
one half to one full letter grade higher than their classmates who choose not
to attend. Students are also able to transfer the skills they learn to other
classes that do not offer SI support.
How will I know if SI is offered in
The SI leader will make an
announcement about sessions on the first day of class. Students will be asked
to fill out a short survey regarding their class schedule and availability.
Students are encouraged to bring their official class schedule with them on the
When do sessions start?
SI sessions start the first or
second week of class. SI leaders will pass out a short survey and ask students
to mark their available times on the first day class. After reviewing the
surveys, the SI leader will announce times and locations for sessions during
the next class period. Each SI leader typically sets up three or more review
sessions per week.
What does it cost?
SI sessions are free. Students are encouraged to come as often
as they like, however, the statistics show that the more students attend, the
better their grades.
Information provided by UMKC Supplemental Instructional Program