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The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program is designed to proactively support students enrolled in supported sections traditionally challenging courses. SI sessions are offered twice weekly to help students increase their understanding of the course material while learning applied study skills from a peer leader who has successfully completed the course. Through structured one-hour sessions in an academic setting, students are encouraged to work collaboratively to identify what to learn and how to learn it. International data suggest that students who regularly attend SI sessions are more likely to earn a higher grade in the course.
For more information on the mission and philosophy of SI, visit the International Center for Supplemental Instruction (http://www.umkc.edu/asm/si/).
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 every day, 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.
Supporting research has shown that students who regularly attend SI are more likely to earn a letter grade higher than their classmates that do not attend SI sessions. They will develop a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. This will help in other classes too.
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!
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.
Please note that participation in SI study sessions is limited to students enrolled in the supported course section. All students enrolled in a supported section are welcome and encouraged to participate in weekly sessions for their section. We also encourage students to take advantage of the many other resources available to them, such as their professor’s office hours, department tutoring centers, the Bates and Sol Study Centers, and Academic Coaching within the Academic Support Center.
Student Support Specialist
Office: 2140-H SAU