Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a non-remedial approach to learning that supports students toward academic success by integrating “what to learn” with “how to learn.” SI consists of regularly scheduled, out-of-class group study sessions driven by students’ needs. SI sessions are facilitated by “SI Leaders,” students who have already mastered the course material who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students. The SI Leader has been trained to facilitate group sessions wherein students can meet to improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss important concepts, develop study strategies and prepare for exams. The SI leaders utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer interaction in small groups.
SI is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. SI is a non-remedial approach to learning as the program targets high-risks courses rather than high-risks students. All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions, as it is a voluntary program. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness and diverse ethnicities participate. There is no remedial stigma attached to SI since the program targets high-risk courses rather high-risk students.
SI Leader Testimonies
“The experience to be an SI Leader is rewarding because you are helping students help each other understand the material presented in a challenging course, and those students are helping you solidify and broaden how you see the course. SI is a program that builds communities of learners and builds the skills for the students to be supportive individuals.”
– Diana Castro (SI Leader Fall 17, Spring 18)
"Being an SI Leader is a very rewarding experience. As an SI Leader, you will master course material, develop leadership skills, and help students learn."
– Marissa Dickison (SI Leader Fall 17, Spring 18)
Meet the Staff
- Jessica Perez-Corona
Supplemental Instruction Program Coordinator
Phone: 760.757.2121 x6339