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What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an initiative to provide regularly-scheduled, peer facilitated review sessions for historically difficult classes in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and use other active group techniques for learning and comprehension.

1. To increase retention within targeted historically difficult courses
2. To improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses 
3. To increase the overall retention/graduation rates of students

Courses selected for SI tend to be “gatekeeper” courses for first and second year students that have a 30% or higher proportion of students who receive a “D”, fail, or withdraw from the course.


Is this Tutoring?

  • SI is different from tutorials, discussion groups and labs; it is a relaxed, informal environment, where students are not being graded or judged in any way.
  • SI sessions are conducted by student-facilitators - students who have "been there, done that"!
  • SI facilitator does not re-lecture, but instead encourages students to participate and collaborate with one another, in order to encourage independent learning.


Why Should You Attend SI?

It has been shown that SI, on average, can raise your grade. 

SI is also a great way to learn! It’s not a lecture environment; it focuses on active learning, by reviewing course material in a variety of ways that are engaging and fun.

SI also aims to create a welcoming and supportive environment where you can work through difficult material or ask that question that you didn’t ask in lecture.