Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by “SI leaders”, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students (UMKC).

Does My Course Have SI?

If your course has SI attached with it your instructor will tell you. Upon registering for classes, courses with SI will be flagged on myNortheast.

Why Should I go to SI Sessions?

Attending SI has been proven to raise grades by half a letter or more. Students who attend SI gain better understanding of the material through active collaboration with classmates. You are twice as likely to successfully complete the course if you attend SI (UMKC).

Who is at an SI Session?

SI sessions are run by an SI leader. An SI leader is a student who has previously completed the course successfully and is approved by faculty. SI leaders complete training prior to the start of the semester, and are observed throughout the semester by the SI supervisor.

What happens at an SI Session?

At SI sessions, the SI leader will facilitate discussions on course material. It is not a re-lecture! Students attending SI engage in conversation on various strategies they can use to better understand the material. The SI leader provides activities to aid students in understanding and is there to clarify on difficult topics in a way that is relatable to students.

When do sessions start?

SI sessions start the first or second week of class. The SI leader will survey the class to schedule future SI sessions to best fit the students’ schedules.

How much does SI cost?

SI is free! Students should come as often as they can. The more students attend, the better their grades.