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Supplemental Instruction Fact Sheet
What is SI?
- SI is a series of weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult
- SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course
material and improve their grades.
- SI is an opportunity to get together with people in their class to compare notes.
- SI is an opportunity for students to develop study strategies and test themselves
before the professor tests them.
- SI is an occasion for the SI leader to serve as a guide through the new course material.
- SI attendance is voluntary.
What is an SI leader?
- SI leaders are students themselves and are prepared to share their study skills and
knowledge with other students.
- SI leaders have taken the course previously with the professor and know the course
- SI leaders will be in class with the students every day, hearing what they hear and
reading what they read.
- SI leaders don’t lecture.
- SI leaders help students think about the lectures they hear and the books they read.
- SI leaders help students put the information together during the review sessions.
- SI leaders help students learn course material more efficiently.
How are SI sessions established?
- SI leaders will complete a short survey on the first (or second) day of class to find
out about students’ schedules.
- SI leaders will set up three or more review sessions in consistent locations each
week at times that are best for the majority of the class.
- Students may attend one, two, or all of the three or more review sessions.
What is in it for the students?
- SI review sessions are informal.
- SI is a place to network and form study groups.
- If students attend SI sessions regularly, chances are they will earn a better grade.
- SI learning can also help students learn how to study better for their other courses.