Supplemental Instruction (SI)

USU's Supplemental Instruction (SI) program is designed to provide peer, academic support to any student registered for a breadth education course, having already been paid for through students' tuition and fees.

Understanding the importance of increasing retention within historically challenging courses, Supplemental Instruction focuses on learning strategies and core competencies to guide student success towards graduation, inviting them to LEARN BEYOND THE LECTURE

Semester Schedule

All SI sessions are voluntary, pre-paid, and delivered remotely through Zoom. For a current list of SI supported classes, please view the Find an SI tab (above).

Learning Beyond the Lecture

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.

Program Outcomes

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
Implemented at Utah State in 1987, SI is an international academic support model developed in 1973 by the University of Missouri–Kansas City.