Supplemental Instruction:  for students

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

The SI program provides after-class study sessions for selected General Education breadth courses. These study sessions are led by trained and certified undergraduate SI leaders who have completed the course and are pursuing majors or minors in the course discipline.

SI leaders attend each class and during the study sessions actively involve students in discussing and understanding course concepts as well as demonstrating effective study strategies. The majority of students who regularly attend SI sessions succeed in improving their test scores and final course grades, as you can see by viewing our annual report.

View our seven minute video to get a better sense of how SI helps students achieve academic success.

For studentsSI Works! video (7 minutes)

What classes have SI?

SI is in many of the General Education Breadth courses. The link below provides the schedule of SI sessions for the current semester. The current list of all SI courses includes:

  • BIOL 1010, 1610, 1620, 2060, 2320, 2420
  • CHEM 1010, 1210, 1220, 2300, 2310, 2320
  • ECN 1500
  • GEOG 1000
  • JCOMM 1500
  • PHYS 1040, 1200
  • POLS 1100
  • PSY 1010
  • SOC 1010
  • USU 1300 (not all sections)
  • USU 1350
  • USU 1360 (Energy)

Schedule of SI sessions for the current semester

Student Comments about the SI Program:

  • I didn't go to the SI sessions before the first exam and I noticed a big difference in my essay scores the second exam.
  • My exams scores went up almost 35 points after I started going to the SI's.
  • SI helped me more than any other type of study.
  • I study better in groups, so I liked it. I also appreciated the opportunity to teach others a concept in the session. This helped me a lot.
  • It was very helpful to hear the information again in different words. It helped me to make more sense of the material.
  • I liked how the size of the sessions was small. It created a better learning environment.
  • I liked how SI covered text book stuff that we were tested on, but we didn't go over in class.
  • The study guides and quizzes were very helpful in covering and reviewing course material.

Student Comments about SI Leaders:

  • I liked how the SI leader asked questions to get us involved in finding the answers.
  • The SI leader had a lot of enthusiasm, which made me excited about this subject.
  • My SI leader was very easy to ask questions and express opinions to.
  • The SI leader didn't act like she was better than us. She explained things well and told us about types of questions that may show up on the tests. She also went over things that I didn't catch or forgot.
  • The SI leader had a unique style that made learning science fun and easy.
  • The SI leader gave excellent explanations that helped clear up many of my questions.
  • The SI leader actually made learning fun.