SI Program description

Supplemental Instruction (SI) was implemented at Utah State University in 1987, based on an international academic support model developed in 1973 by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. SI assists students in mastering material in difficult General Education courses while increasing their learning strategies and study skills. Student performance is improved by combining "what to learn" with "how to learn."

Trained student SI leaders facilitate two SI sessions per week, during which they actively involve students in reviewing and understanding course material and preparing for tests. SI leaders also demonstrate effective study strategies that a student can apply to any class. SI leaders use a variety of teaching and learning methods that includes small group work and practice quizzes.

SI attendance is voluntary, no-cost, and available to any student who is registered for the course.

Goals of the SI Program

University- wide collaboration has resulted in the success and support of the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, which serves over 7,000 students each academic year. Our assessments demonstrate that students who regularly attend SI earn better grades and withdraw less often than non-participants.

SI is designed to:

  • Improve the academic performance of participating students.
  • Increase the persistence rate of students towards subsequent semesters and graduation.
  • Improve students´┐Ż analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Promote an active learning environment.
  • Provide substantive employment for undergraduate students and professional development opportunities such as acquiring teaching skills, increasing knowledge in their academic field, and establishing mentoring relationships with..