Supplemental Instruction

What is Supplemental Instruction?

In SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI), students help other students learn and retain information. SI targets gateway courses which are historically difficult, not poor students. Your SI leader is a student who has taken the course before and received either an A or a B+, so they know how the instructor teaches and can offer tips on studying and test preparation. In an SI session, you will find both A students and students who are struggling to pass the class - no one will know which one you are unless you choose to tell them. The atmosphere is casual, and everyone is encouraged to participate and help each other learn. Sessions meet 2 - 3 times a week, and you can attend as often as you wish.

What are the benefits of SI?

From past experience, we have learned that students who attend SI sessions average between one half and a full letter grade better than non-attendees on their final grades. They do better on exams and comprehensive tests. SI students are less likely to drop out of a class, and they are better informed on how to get help when they need it.

What happens in a session?

There is a lot of discussion - like a study group. Students review notes, go over difficult concepts, prepare for exams, and learn new study techniques. Many SI leaders will use electronic games and hands-on models to help you retain information. Everyone shares.

How do I join an SI group?

You can contact the SI leader in your classroom or your professor. On this website, you will find a list of SI leaders and the courses they support. If you are unable to find an SI leader, contact Toni Murad, Supplemental Instruction Coordinator, 615-230-4757 or toni.murad@volstate.edu.

What if I do not have an SI leader in my class?

You are welcome to join any of the SI sessions, even if the SI leader is not supporting your particular class.