Supplemental Instruction (SI)

What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program utilizing peer-assisted study sessions to enhance student performance and retention. SI offers regularly scheduled study sessions that are facilitated by trained LU peers who assist students with learning course content and study skills.

Why should I attend SI?

Students who attend SI:
  • Earn higher final course grades and drop out of courses less frequently than non-participants
  • Learn from trained SI 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 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 SI is voluntary, free, and open to all students in the course
  • SI Leaders attend all lectures for targeted course
  • SI Leaders are trained in group facilitation methods, student learning theory, and study techniques
  • SI sessions begin the 2nd week of classes after students have given input for session schedules
  • SI 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 SI?

SI is typically offered for the sciences but we are always looking for new courses. Some examples of SI subjects are: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Nursing.

How will I know if SI is offered for my course? 

During the first week or two of class the SI leader will announce that SI will be offered and give a brief introduction and survey to determine session times.

How often will SI sessions be offered?

Three hours of SI sessions are offered per week and session times will be announced by the SI leader in class.