Student Success Center

SI Faculty Resources

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

SI is an internationally recognized academic support program offered by the Student Success Center (SSC). SI provides free, regularly scheduled study sessions for students taking traditionally difficult courses. Weekly sessions are led by a student who has previously taken the course and demonstrated academic competency in the subject area. SI sessions help with content mastery, learning and study strategies that are applicable to all subject areas. SI attendance is voluntary and confidential: students do not need to sign up for SI.

What is the role of the SI Leader?

SI Leaders attend class lectures, take notes and read all assigned materials just like the enrolled students. SI Leaders design creative lesson plans based on material emphasized in lectures and feedback from the professor. Group activities are structured to provide the tools students need to find answers on their own. SI Leaders facilitate two or three study sessions per week.

What is my role in supporting SI?

SI is not intended to create additional work for faculty. Faculty are not responsible for training, supervising SI Leaders, or for enforcing student participation, which is strictly voluntary. However, faculty can make SI a success by:

  • Allowing the SI Leader to make a brief (2-3 minute) introductory speech about SI in the first week of class.
  • Giving the SI Leader access to eLearning and providing them with supplemental materials for class.
  • Encouraging all students to attend sessions in the first five week of class. Studies show that students who go in this time frame are more likely to go regularly.
  • Providing feedback to the SSC program coordinator.

How can I request SI for my course?

The SSC is happy to work with faculty to establish SI for a course. To request SI for your course for Fall 2017, please complete the Supplemental Instruction Faculty Request Form (pdf) and submit it: