Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program designed to assist students in comprehending and understanding historically difficult subject material through peer-facilitated review sessions. Students meet weekly for mandatory and voluntary study sessions with their designated SI Leader, a student chosen by committee, who has completed the class with exemplary grades.
Meetings normally consist of reviewing lecture notes, test preparation, and occasionally games structured around the course material. SI leaders do not lecture new material, nor do they repeat lectures given by the course professor. Instead, they facilitate discussion and ensure that sessions remain on task, while the questions asked and answered are the sole responsibility of the students. The SI Leader also acts as a model student and provides proper note-taking and study techniques for the students to emulate.
History of Supplemental Instruction
- In 1973, the University of Missouri, Kansas City developed the first supplemental instruction program.
- Due to its proven success, the supplemental instruction model has extended into a wide range of courses in over 800 colleges and universities around the world.
- Keystone College began the implementation of the SI program in the fall of 2013 in both precalculus and college algebra, and has since extended into chemistry I, and anatomy & physiology.
Reactions to Supplemental Instruction
Below are quotes gathered via impartial survey from Keystone College students who have taken courses with SI sections:
- “It’s very beneficial. There needs to be more S.I. with harder courses.”
- “An SI Leader that is also a student of the college makes it easy for students to ask questions. The professor covers the material and the SI Leader can reinforce it. Overall, SI helps students relate to the material and find real world applications.”
- “My grade increased and it was easier to grasp the information in this course. Having an SI Leader was a great idea to help students. Hope this continues In the future!”
- “The SI Session allowed me to feel comfortable asking questions and going over sample problems. I really felt engaged in the material covered and it was clear to understand.”