Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a nontraditional form of tutoring that focuses on collaboration, group study, and interaction for assisting students in undertaking "traditionally difficult" courses. SI targets courses with a minimum 30% rate of students that drop, withdraw, or fail, and then provides a trained peer who has successfully negotiated the course to assist its future students. This peer, called the SI Leader, attends a section of the course, participates as any normal student (takes notes, exams, etc.), and then facilitates 3 one-hour study sessions per week for group study. SI Leaders are trained to help students improve their study skills and model the types of behaviors that make students successful in hopes that they will be better prepared for other difficult courses they will encounter. For more in-depth information regarding Supplemental Instruction, its beginnings, and philosophy, please visit http://www.umkc.edu/cad/si
Texas State University offers Supplemental Instruction in courses ranging from the liberal arts, such as History 1310 and 1320, to math and science-based courses, including Chemistry 1341 and 1342. We are beginning the expansion of our program into other courses and disciplines and are excited about our program’s potential to assist students in many more areas of coursework very soon.