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Center for Academic Achievement

Center for Academic Achievement

Supplemental Instruction


Supplemental Instruction

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What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

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.

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.


What are the benefits of Supplemental Instruction (SI)?
  • SI program enhances conventional classroom work
  • Students who regularly attend SI sessions have been found to improve their class performance by a full grade
  • Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in groups to better understand course material
  • SI has proven to increase learning speed and high-level cognitive learning methods
  • The study skills you learn in SI will help you earn higher grades in your other courses


 How does SI work?

The SI sessions, are led by an SI leader who schedules at least two SI sessions each week. Students are highly encouraged to attend as many SI sessions as possible during the semester. Students should expect to actively participate in the SI sessions and work in groups to discover answers.

All students enrolled in an SI-supported course are invited and encouraged to attend SI sessions; the program is voluntary and students can participate at any point in the semester.


What is an SI Leader?

Supplemental Instruction Leaders are undergraduate students who facilitate weekly interactive, collaborative review sessions that combine what-to-learn with how-to-learn. Each leader must attend the course lecture and meet with the professor on a regular basis to clarify course content and 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.


For more information email, call (239)590-7906, or visit Center for Academic Achievement in LIB 103