What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) model of student academic assistance increases students success by targeting historically difficult transferable or basic skills courses that are barriers to student success measured by transfer and graduation rates. 

All students are invited to group study sessions lead by SI group leaders in order to work collaboratively to engage with course content while they develop and integrate learning and study strategies. 

Specific Goals of SI Program:

  • Improve student learning and grades in SI courses.
  • Reduce attrition rates and increase graduation rates.
  • Practice successful learning strategies in the context of course content.

The goals of the SI Program are measured each semester by data on the correlation of student session attendance frequency with success rates. Data also assesses the impact of the program by comparing the success rates for students who attended SI sessions in a given semester white students who did not.

Key Elements

  • The program is supported by the academic department of the SI course.
  • Participation in SI is voluntary, free-of-charge, and is open to all students in the course. 
  • The SI group leader attends course lectures and collaborates with the faculty.
  • The SO group leader is trained in group facilitation methods and general learning techniques.
  • The SI group leader facilitates group learning using specific strategies for reading textbooks, note taking, practicing concepts, test-taking strategies and other group learning activities. 

Who attends?

Supplemental Instruction is open to all students enrolled in the selected targeted courses. Students from all ability levels benefit from the SI program. Research indicates that colleges offering SI demonstrate that students who attend regularly do better than those students who do not.

Title V Grant Funded