Supplemental Instruction ("SI"), created at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is an internationally recognized academic support program and has been proven to increase student success for those who engage in the learning process. Its aim is to assist students academically by integrating "what to learn" with "how to learn." SI Sessions are led and organized by student peer leaders, who have done academically well in the course for which they are the SI Leader. In these regularly scheduled, voluntary, out-of-class review sessions, students work collaboratively in reading discussions, solving practice problems, comparing notes, working together to prepare for tests, and sharing ideas for improving learning. At Tulane, students see the best GPA outcomes when they attend five or more SI sessions. SI targets courses with high fail and low grade (C's, D's, and F's) rates and is overseen and supported by a program coordinator and former SI leaders, known as "SI Captains."
SI schedule's are posted after the first week of class. If you are in an SI class, your SI Leader will send out a Doodle Poll to choose the best times for your weekly sessions. Please respond to the Doodle Poll so your SI can pick a time that is convenient for most people.
SI sessions are open to all student in a course, even if they are not enrolled in the specific section assigned to an SI Leader. Please note, however, that different sections may move through the material at a different pace or in a different order. Check with the SI leader for the section to determine if they are covering the same material.
SI Leaders are students themselves who have taken the class before and earned a high grade in the course. Faculty typically recommends the Leaders who facilitate the SI sessions. SI Leaders undergo an onboarding and training process. SI Leaders are prepared to share with students how to effectively study for the course. They attend the same class sessions with the students, taking notes, and listening closely to the professor. The SI Leader is supervised by the program coordinator and SI Captains.
At each SI session, the Leader will guide the students through the most difficult course concepts. They will help students make good use of their time and share the strategies he or she used to be successful in the course. They do not teach new material or 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.