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Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction

Check out this list of session times, locations, and leaders.


Watch this short video to see what an SI session is like.

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

  • An interactive peer study group that teaches students how to learn and what to learn in a selected course.
  • Not tutoring, and there is no re-lecturing. SI student leaders who have successfully completed the course facilitate the sessions.
  • Sessions are 50 minutes, but you may attend for less time if necessary.
  • Participants learn study strategies: note taking, graphic organization, questioning techniques, vocabulary acquisition, and test preparation.
  • Sessions are anonymous, voluntary, and free to enrolled students in SI courses.
  • Participants generally earn higher grades, improve their self-esteem, and are more comfortable in small groups.

How do I participate in an SI Session?

Just show up to learn more effectively and efficiently. You may attend every session, or just when you feel the need. If you are taking a course that offers SI, it will be announced in class and session times and locations will be listed on your course syllabus. During the Spring 2014 semester the following SI sessions will be offered: 

  • Introduction to Audio Theory
  • History of Art I
  • Basic Audio Systems
  • Science of Electronics
  • Science of Acoustics
  • Garment Construction I
  • Accounting