Supplemental Instruction (SI)


SI Group

WHAT is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

SI is an academic support program for students who are enrolled in historically challenging general education (GE) courses. It provides students credit (1 unit) to learn how to implement transferable academic learning strategies to increase grades in difficult college courses such as Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History and many more challenging GE courses.


WHEN is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

SI meets twice weekly during the semester to review class lectures and discussions.


WHY is there SI?

SI leaders help students to access course materials and to provide students the space and structure to ask questions, check for understanding, and test their knowledge within a safe haven in a small educational community (12-25 seats). In addition, SI leaders are liaisons between the faculty members and students. All students can sign up online during registration for a one unit supplemental course.


HOW does SI benefit students?

  • It increases retention of important information
  • Fosters time-management skills
  • Previews course materials
  • Gives immediate feedback to learners from the group and SI Leader
  • Increases one’s GPA a half to one whole grade point higher than students not participating in the class.