Supplemental Instruction (SI)

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Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together.

How do Students Benefit?

  • SI is proactive and participatory rather than reactive and passive
  • Students earn higher grades while they learn effective study skills
  • SI provides peer collaborative learning experiences
  • SI makes efficient use of study time
  • SI provides an opportunity for students to develop relationships to other students, faculty, and staff

How SI works @ ASU

  1. Faculty members identify historically difficult courses, screen SI leaders for content competency, and approve selections.
  2. The SI leaders are students who have been deemed course competent, approved by the course instructor, and trained in proactive learning and study strategies.
  3. Students participating in the SI sessions are of course the most crucial component of SI.

SI leaders attend course lectures, take notes, read all assigned materials, and conduct two to three out-of-class SI sessions a week. The SI leader is the "model student," a facilitator who helps students to integrate course content and learning/study strategies.