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.
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.
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
Participating in SI
"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."
Working with Our 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 actually made learning fun."