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Andrew Knight

"The ASC is like a safety net: a place for RIT students to get back on their feet."

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The Academic Support Center provides services for all RIT and RIT/NTID supported Baccalaureate and Graduate degree-seeking students. Any NTID students enrolled in an associate’s degree program such as NTID’s AAS, AOS or AA program should first seek academic support from NTID’s Counseling and Academic Advising Services office.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction

National data suggest that students who regularly attend SI sessions are more likely to earn a higher grade in the course. Through structured one-hour sessions in an academic setting, students are encouraged to work collaboratively to identify what learn with how to learn it.

Accordion Arrow What is an SI Leader?

Have you ever wished you could do something over, knowing what you know now? That’s impossible, but students can come close in SI. SI Leaders are students themselves and are prepared to share with students what they have learned over the years about how to study. They are familiar with the course content and are there to help guide students through it. They will be in class everyday, hearing what students hear and reading what students read. What they will not do is lecture. Their job is to help students think about the lecture they hear and the books they read and then put it into perspective during SI study sessions so students can learn it more efficiently.

Accordion Arrow What's in it for students?

Chances are that students who regulary attend SI sessions will earn a better grade. They will develop a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. This will help in other classes too.

Accordion Arrow When do SI sessions start?

During the first few days of class, the SI Leader will introduce themselves and ask students to take a short survey so that they are able to know when the best time to schedule sessions will be. SI sessions will be scheduled for twice a week. Students may attend both or just one. SI sessions are informal. Participants should bring their notes, textbook, homework, and QUESTIONS!

Accordion Arrow How do we know what classes will have SI?

Currently supported courses have been identified based on the historical rates of D, F, & W’s in the class. These courses have proven to be difficult in the past and the AIM Team has worked with the departments to identify the most appropriate placement of SI.

Accordion Arrow How can faculty refer students to the ASC?

A student with academic needs in a particular area can be sent directly to the appropriate drop-in location, workshop, or to any of the Student Support Specialists. For information or for schedules of current quarterly offerings, students or faculty may go to the ASC office Monroe 2080 (Above Artesano’s Bakery in SAU), call 475-6682 (V/TTY). Faculty may also contact any ASC staff member.

Our program is based on the national model with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For more information on the mission and philosophy of SI, visit the International Center for Supplemental Instruction.

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For more information please contact the Academic Support Center at asc@rit.edu.