Supplemental Instruction


What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program offering regularly scheduled study sessions that are facilitated by trained LU peers who assist students with learning course content and study skills. SI programs have been shown to enhance student performance and retention.

Why should I attend Supplemental Instruction sessions?

Students who attend Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions:
  • Earn higher final course grades and drop out of courses less frequently than non-participants
  • Learn from trained Leaders, peers who have already taken and been successful in the course
  • Collaborate with classmates to compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict exam questions
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Key Elements of Supplemental Instruction (SI)

  • SI identifies traditionally difficult academic courses rather than high risk students; SI is not a remedial academic program
  • SI provides an opportunity for students to learn how to learn while learning what to learn
  • Participation in a SI session is voluntary, free, and open to all students in the course
  • Leaders are trained in group facilitation methods, student learning theory, and study techniques
  • SI sessions begin the 2nd week of classes after students
  • Leaders facilitate and encourage the group to process the material--Leaders do not relecture to participants
  • SI sessions are typically held twice weekly and last 1.5 hours

What courses typically offer Supplemental Instruction sessions?

Supplemental Instruction sessions are typically offered for the sciences but we are always looking for new courses. Some examples of subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Math, Engineering, and Nursing.

How will I know if Supplemental Instruction is offered for my course? 

During the first week or two of class the Leader will announce that a session will be offered and give a brief introduction and details about the session day, time, and location.

How often will Supplemental Instruction sessions be offered?

Up to three hours of sessions are offered per week and session times will be announced by the Leader in class.

Apply to be a Supplemental Instruction Leader

To apply to be a Leader for Supplemental Instruction, please complete the following application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact

Supplemental Instruction Leader Application