Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

The Learning Center offers Supplemental Instruction (SI), an international model* of academic assistance, for historically-challenging courses on campus. SI Leaders, individuals who have successfully completed the course in a previous semester and who complete an in-depth training process with The Learning Center according to guidelines from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction. All enrolled students in SI-supported courses can attend SI Sessions, which are voluntary in nature.

FALL 2018 SI SESSION INFORMATION

For more information, please stop by The Learning Center in Gleeson Library, Room G03 (Lower Level) or contact SI Program Staff at 415-422-4933 or SI@usfca.edu.

*To learn more about the SI model, please visit the International Center for Supplemental Instruction website.

"Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that targets historically difficult courses. SI is a non-remedial approach to learning enrichment that increases student performance and retention. SI offers regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions to all students enrolled in a targeted course. SI study sessions are informal seminars in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and prepare for examinations. Students learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills."

The International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
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To learn more about the international model, please visit the International Center for Supplemental Instruction website.

Participants can typically gain an array of benefits from attending SI Sessions on a regular basis. These benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Developing efficient methods of studying course material
  • Enhancing study skills
  • Collaborating with classmates to improve understanding of content
  • Receiving tips from SI Leaders who have previously taken the course

The SI Leader will make an announcement about sessions during the first week of class. Students will be asked to fill out a short survey regarding their class schedule and availability. Students are encouraged to bring their official class schedule with them on the first day.

SI currently supports the following courses on campus (support is offered for these courses in the Fall and Spring terms):

  • BIOL 105 (General Biology I)
  • BIOL 106 (General Biology II)
  • BIOL 113 (Human Anatomy)
  • BIOL 115 (Survey of Human Physiology)
  • BIOL 134 (Microbiology)
  • NURS 220 (Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I)
  • NURS 272 (Applied Assessment & Nursing Fundamentals II: Alterations in Health & Illness)

"SI Leaders are 'near peers.' SI Leaders are students themselves who have taken the class before and earned a high grade in the course. Faculty typically recommend [leaders]...[then] SI Leaders undergo a vigorous training process. SI Leaders are prepared to share with students how to effectively study for the course. SI Leaders attend the same class sessions with the students, taking notes and listening closely to the professor. They SI Leader is supervised by the [Learning Center] program coordinator."

The International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
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"At each SI Session, the Leader will guide the students through the most difficult course concepts. SI Leaders will help students make good use of their time and share the strategies he or she used to be successful in the course. SI Leaders will not re-lecture, give out copies of his or her notes, help students with assigned homework, or encourage last minute test cramming. The overall goal of SI sessions it to incorporate a deeper understanding of course content with study skills that can be used with other coursework."

The International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
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"The SI Program is beneficial to everyone. Students who attend SI Sessions report higher course grades and learned study skills. SI Leaders report professional development in Leadership and facilitation; they also report better, more developed relationships with faculty and a deeper understanding of the content for which they serve. Faculty benefit from having SI support in their classes. Through interactions with the Leader, they have their finger on the pulse of the students in their class, they receive higher student evaluations, and they are more connected with the needs of their students. Finally, university administrators benefit because the data show that course sections with SI support have, on average, a 13% reduction in grades of D, F, and Withdrawals. This helps to raise the retention rate of students in the course. Also, SI is a less expensive program to run than traditional tutoring."

The International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
© 2018 SI. ©2015 UMKC SI. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

"SI Sessions start the [third] week of class. SI Leaders will [typically] pass out a short survey and ask students to mark their available times on the first day class...After reviewing the surveys, the SI Leader will announce times and locations for sessions during the next class period. Each SI Leader typically sets up three or more...sessions per week."

The International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
© 2018 SI. ©2015 UMKC SI. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SI Sessions are regularly-scheduled and occur on the same days, at the same times, and in the same locations each week. Students typically receive information about SI Sessions for their courses/sections from their SI Leaders during class. Students can also visit the link on this webpage for up-to-date SI Session information.