Supplemental Instruction (SI)
SI is a peer-led learning enhancement program designed to increase student performance in traditionally difficult academic courses. SI leaders provide regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated review sessions for students enrolled in these courses.
SSP currently offers Supplemental Instruction for the following courses:
In the spirit of embracing the power of collective learning, SSP is currently researching additional courses and departments to partner with in providing SI.
Why should I attend SI?
Students who attend SI develop a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. Plus, it's free.
When do SI review sessions start?
SI traditionally begins the second week of the semester. Your SI leader and/or course faculty will share specific session meetings days, times, and locations.
What if I missed the first few sessions? Can I still come?
Yes. SI is loosely structured, with no attendance policy. You are welcome to attend whatever sessions you can fit into your schedule.
Who leads Supplemental Instruction sessions?
SI leaders are traditionally upper-classmen who are model students of the subject/course with which they work.
Why was my subject selected for SI?
SI targets historically difficult subjects. In other words, this subject contains content that students consider to be challenging. SI is designed to support faculty and is offered to a subject because of what is being taught, not because of the manner in which it is being taught.
What will I be required to do?
SI is not intended to create additional work for faculty. You can support SI by granting time for occasional in-class announcements and by being supportive of the program in encouraging all students to take advantage of SI.
We do ask that faculty assist us in providing information for SI program evaluation, including an official copy of your class roster as well as grades at the conclusion of the subject. Students' rights to privacy regarding this information will be fully protected (feel free to contact us for more information on this matter).
Can I choose my SI leader?
Absolutely. SSP welcomes all assistance in selecting and approving candidates for SI leaders in your subject.
My course/department doesn't currently offer SI. Can we offer it in the future?
Yes. SSP will be happy to work with you in offering SI, provided your course(s) meets required criteria. For more information, contact Matt Jackson.
Students Interested in Becoming an SI Leader FAQ
What are an SI leader's responsibilities?
SI leaders attend all class sessions, take notes, read all assigned material, and conduct multiple SI review sessions each week. Our leaders meet with SSP faculty weekly for training in planning and coordinating their sessions. SI leaders are not expected to "teach" the material covered in class but, rather, to clarify hazy concepts and facilitate group study of the material.
Will I receive credit for the experience?
Yes. SI leaders will enroll in SSP 3002 and receive 2, A-F credits for each semester they work with SSP
Who do I talk to for more information?
Being a Supplemental Instruction Leader is a highly selective process. Interested students should contact Matt Jackson.
Special thanks to the University of Missouri-Kansas City International Center for Supplemental Instruction for sharing content used within this page.