What is SI?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a voluntary program that offers free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are led by undergraduate student SI Leaders who have previously taken the course and demonstrated academic competency in the subject area. Each SI Leader facilitates two study sessions per week. Please check your syllabus to see if SI is offered for your course.
Students who participate in SI:
- Learn the study skills necessary to succeed in the courses.
- Work collaboratively with peers in an open, friendly, and non-judgmental environment.
- Receive support from an extensively trained, educated SI Leader.
- Achieve higher academic success in the courses
SI Leaders are current USI undergraduate students who have successfully completed the course or are recommended by the instructors to become an SI Leader. SI Leaders encourage group learning of course material. During these study sessions, the leader and students will review class notes, discuss class material and work on the study skills needed to master the particular subject matter.
Become an SI Leader
If you are a student interested in becoming an SI leader please contact Academic Skills for information on how to apply.
Necessary qualities be an SI Leader:
- Undergraduate USI student
- Overall USI grade point average of 3.0 or above
- Previously completed the target class before, ideally from the same instructor
- Received final course grade of A or B in the SI target class
- Maintain availability in the schedule for the SI sessions
- Display excellent communication skills
- Dependable, friendly, nonjudgmental
- Enjoy the target class subject and sharing information with others