For Students: Facts about Supplemental Instruction
What is SI?
Supplemental Instruction, or SI, is a series of weekly review
sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. SI
review sessions, or "workshops", are available to all enrolled
students who want to improve their understanding of course
materials and their grades.
SI workshops provide a chance to get together with other members
of your class to compare notes, discuss important concepts, and
develop strategies for studying the subject, approaching the
homework, and preparing for exams.
Who are the SI "Coaches"?
Your SI coach is a competent student or staff member recommended
by someone from our faculty for this position. He or she has
mastered the material that will be covered in the course. Your
coach will be in class with you at every meeting (in most
instances), hearing what you hear and reading what you read. What
he/she will not do in SI workshops is re-teach. Instead, the job of
coach is to help you understand the material that has already been
presented during class. SI can help you learn the course material
more thoroughly, but it is not a substitute for attending
What does it cost? SI costs you nothing except
your time. Assistance is free! Come as often as you like. Keep in
mind, though, the statistics show that the more you come, the
better your grade.
What’s in it for me?
Your review sessions are informal and voluntary; no classroom
credit is given for attending unless otherwise specified by the
instructor. Your payoff is a better understanding of the material,
enhanced study skills, and, if you attend sessions regularly, the
potential for a higher grade. In our pilot program, the final exam
grades for those students who attended SI workshops were as much as
29% higher than the grades of students who did not attend.
Subsequent semesters of SI across all disciplines demonstrated
When do the SI workshops begin?
Your SI coach will let you know when the first SI workshop will be
held. At every SI workshop session, please bring your books, notes,
and all other class materials, as well as paper and a writing
implement. Plan to spend an hour at a regular workshop; exam review
workshops sometimes run a little longer.