Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Learning Beyond the Lecture
Supplemental Instruction Course List
List of classes with SI and the SI leader assigned to the course
Kenyon Gale / Student Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
What is SI?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a peer academic support program offered to students that are registered for breadth education courses. This is a service that the student has already paid for through their tuition and fees.
SI review sessions are typically twice a week, each lasting for 1-hour. SI leaders also hold 2-hour super sessions to help students prepare for exams and larger assignments.
Benefits of SI
Joining many other higher education institutions across the nation, USU's Supplemental Instruction program is dedicated to developing high-quality sessions facilitated by passionate and trained peer leaders who want to help others succeed.
Many Supplemental Instruction participants experience greater academic performance and connection to faculty and staff, regardless of age, educational background, or student status. Student academic performance is improved by combining “what to learn“ with “how to learn.” Supplemental Instruction, and other introductory learning and study skills mentoring programs, can increase first-year student retention rates by 10% (Hanover Research, 2014). View our annual report.
Acknowledging USU's mission that academics come first and incorporating the goals of general education, participants of SI will be able to relate, apply, implement, and demonstrate strategies and competencies...
- Within the context of their specific breadth education courses
- To other coursework and beyond
- Collaboratively with peers
- Proactively, prior to academic difficulties
SI Core Competencies
Self-management is an essential component of social emotional learning. Self-management is the ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals without significant deviation (Landmark School Outreach, 2020).
Employers expect that prospective hires with an undergraduate college degree not only have expertise in their discipline, but strong communication skills as well. Executives rank communication skills as the second most important soft skill desired (NACTA, 2015).
Self and peer assessment are important skills for professional development and lifelong learning. Self-assessment increases confidence, responsibility, and critical thinking (Papanthymou and Darra, 2018)
Studies have shown Inquiry-Based Learning can improve student learning outcomes including academic performance, critical thinking, and motivation (UNC at Charlotte, 2017).
Participating in SI
"I found the SI study sessions super beneficial! It allowed me to set aside specific time to study and go over class material."
"SI was the reason I passed my science classes, lifesaver."
"I love them. The fact that I can get a little more out of what we have learned and cover the topics more in depth. I like how this really makes it possible to ask questions without it being a hassle to get a hold of someone where it is an online class."
"The SI super sessions were fantastic. Great test review."
"The SI sessions helped me immensely on exams and making sure that I actually understood everything that was being taught."
Working with Our SI Leaders
"The SI instructors were quite prepared and knowledgeable and always willing to help with any questions."
"It was a great way to get help when you needed it, and it was also just a good atmosphere to be a part of."
"I love how instructors take time to ask students what different concepts they are having a hard time learning."
"So so helpful! I love the instructors and appreciate the work they put into it!"
"SI leaders worded things in ways that were a lot easier to comprehend and related to fellow students."