Supplemental instructions (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.
Attendance at sessions is voluntary. For you, the student, it is a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop composition papers, cultivate good study strategies, and practice before tests. At each session, you will be guided through course materials by an SI leader, a competent student who has previously taken the course.
Have you ever wished you could do something over, knowing what you know now? 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, the books you read, and the writing assignments you are tasked with, and then put it all together during the SI review sessions. Your SI leader can help you to master the course material efficiently.
If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you will earn a better grade. You will 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.
(Adapted from UMKC Supplemental Instruction Program)
Students: SI is available for any student enrolled in an SI-participating course. To find out if your course offers SI, contact your instructor or the program coordinators.
Potential SI Leaders: Have you completed an SI-participating course successfully? Are you interested in becoming an SI leader? If so, ask your instructor if he/she would be willing to write you a recommendation for the program, and then contact the program coordinators for applicant information.