SI FAQs

What is SI?

  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are weekly review sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses.

  • SI targets courses with high rates of students receiving D, F, W or WF grades.

  • SI provides a chance for you to get together with students in your class to organize your material, compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying the subject, and be well prepared for taking your tests and exams. 

  • SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. Regular attendance of SI makes reviewing for a test that much easier.

  • The sessions are facilitated by a trained SI leader.

What is an SI Leader?

SI leaders are students themselves who have taken the class before and earned a high grade and are recommended by the faculty. They are prepared to share with you what they have learned about how to study effectively for this course. They know the course content and are anxious to help guide you through it. They'll also be in class with you every day, taking notes and listening closely to the professor. They are trained in how to be effective facilitators and receive ongoing supervision by the SI coordinator.

How does it work?

At each session you will be guided through course concepts by your SI leader, a competent student who has previously taken the course and been trained in group facilitation techniques. Your leader will not re-lecture or give you his/her class notes. Your leader will not do your homework or your thinking for you. Your leader will not encourage ‘last minute’ cramming for a test or exam. Your leader will help you make good use of your study time. After all, you have to study anyway. You might as well do it with friends so that you can share your knowledge and figure things out together, right? Your leader will share with you the strategies he/she used to be successful in the course. Your leader's job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all together into some kind of perspective during SI sessions so you can learn it more efficiently. SI is a place where you can comfortably voice your questions and concerns and get answers.

What's in it for me?

If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you'll earn a better grade. Research shows that students who attend SI sessions regularly average one half to one full letter grade higher than their classmates who choose not to attend. By attending SI it could mean a difference from failing to passing; it provides a ‘competitive edge’ particularly for those of you pursuing the professions or wanting to continue to graduate school. It also looks good on your resume when applying for jobs. When you attend SI, you'll develop a better understanding of course content by reviewing the material as well as transferring these skills to other classes that may not have SI support. SI also helps you to develop coping skills to adjust to university life. Hopefully, you'll also make a few new friends who will probably be in some of your future classes!

When do sessions start?

SI sessions start the first week of classes.The SI leader will introduce him or herself at the first class session and will inform you of when the SI sessions will be run each week. Remember, the secret of success is to study proactively! Don't wait until the night before the test!! Since you have to study anyway, why not come to SI and make efficient use of your study time? Your SI leader will keep you informed about the times and locations for sessions.

What does it cost?

SI costs you nothing except your time. Assistance is free! Come as often as you like. Keep in mind, though, the statistics show that the more you come, the better your grade.

How will I know if SI is offered in my class?

On the first day of class your SI leader will make an announcement about SI. Each SI leader will set up three review sessions a week at times at various times to accommodate members of the class. You can attend one, two, or all three sessions. And each one will be different because you'll have new material to discuss. SI sessions are informal. Bring your notes; bring your textbook; bring your questions. SI supported sections will also be listed here, so check back regularly.

Adapted from the University of Missouri - Kansas City website