Center for Academic Achievement
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Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a proactive program designed to help students refine the study skills that are essential to learning more and earning better grades. Participation in SI leads to higher retention, increased graduation rates, better GPA’s, more students pursuing post-baccalaureate studies, and more satisfied students and alumni. SI targets historically difficult courses where either 1/3 or more of the students typically earn a D, F, withdraw, or have a high degree of repeating students. These courses are commonly, though not exclusively, introductory courses that large numbers of students take during their freshman and sophomore years.
The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program enhances conventional classroom work. Students who regularly attend SI sessions (as well as attend class and complete assignments) have been found to improve their class performance by a full grade! Students work collaboratively in groups and brainstorm to solve problems and to increase understanding of course material. SI leaders facilitate discussion through Socratic questioning and other high-level cognitive learning methods. Additionally, SI leaders help students develop study techniques such as note taking, exam formulation, time management and other skills critical for success.
Our SI leaders are model undergraduate students who have already taken the course. They work closely with the departments and instructors, and sit in on classes to familiarize themselves with the instructors method of teaching.
Subjects: Typically, lower level mathematics and science courses are covered. However, the CAA has and does cover other student-request courses when possible. Since we have a large and varied knowledge base, we are able to offer SI help in a number of different subject areas. However, our talent base is continually changing as students graduate, and there may be semesters when we are unable to offer SI help in a particular subject. Please check our SI schedule each semester for courses that have an SI component.