What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support model that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. The SI program provides regularly scheduled review sessions on course materials outside the classroom. SI study sessions are informal seminars in which students compare notes, discuss readings, predict test items and develop tools for effective organization.
SI is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. SI is a non-remedial approach to learning as the program targets high-risk courses rather than high-risk students. Participation is voluntary, but all students are encouraged to attend SI sessions. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness participate in and benefit from SI.
This program was developed at UMKC in 1973 and is used in hundreds of colleges and universities around the world. SI will be offered at USCB for the first time during the fall of 2016 in one section of CHEM 109, MATH 111, & MATH 111L. More sections may be added in future semesters.
Supplemental Instruction Leaders
Each section of Supplemental Instruction has an SI Leader. Generally, the SI leader is a student who recently completed the course with an A or B. SI Leaders sit in on the course again and prepare to offer two one-hour sessions outside of the classroom each week.