Supplemental Instruction is a program designed to provide non-remedial support to students enrolled in historically challenging courses. The program is implemented by the use of study groups where attendance is voluntary. The groups are led by student leaders, and the purpose of the study group sessions is to assist the students attending to develop study skills which are effective for success in the targeted courses.

Leah Blevins
Supplemental Instruction Coordinator
281.618.1145
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Supplemental Instruction a great choice

Did you know

  • Spring 2011 classes
  • 27% of students attending SI(Supplemental Instruction) sessions earned an A 
          in the SI targeted class
  • 68% earned a C or above when attending SI sessions in those classes
  • 49% of students from SI targeted classes attended SI sessions
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  • Fall 2010 classes
  • 19 % of students attending SI sessions earned an A
  • 57 % of students earned a C or above
  • 54% of students in SI targeted classes attended SI sessions
  • So choose success.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is SI?

    Supplemental Instruction is a program designed to provide non-remedial support to students enrolled in historically challenging courses. The program is implemented by the use of study groups where attendance is voluntary. The groups are led by student leaders, and the purpose of the study group sessions is to assist the students attending to develop study skills which are effective for success in the targeted courses.

    Why participate in a voluntary program?

    Studies have shown that students can increase their grade in the course by at least a half to a whole grade higher than those who don't actively participate in the program. The study skills developed through attendance in the study groups can be applied to future courses the student will take.

    How do the study groups operate?

    Since participation is voluntary, no appointment is necesary to join the study groups but being on time is essential. Students need to stay through the entire session which will be fifty minutes to an hour long. The session times are listed in the credit course schedule or will be determined during the first week of class. There will be one session per each class meeting, and attendance will be taken for statistical purposes. The course content will be addressed in the context of development of the study skills, but the content won't always be the focus of the entire session. The participants will be encouraged to process the content materials by using the activities and skills facilitated during the study group sessions.


    Student Leaders

    How are the student leaders chosen?

    Student leaders are chosen based on a recommendation from their professors. These leaders are selected on the basis of their success in the targeted couse meaning they earned an "A" or "B" in the course. Student leaders also have to have the ability to interact well with others and conduct study groups comfortably.

    Do the student leaders receive any extra help or training?

    Yes, in addition to the skills they have demonstrated in success in the course, they are trained in how to plan and conduct study sessions to provide the most benefit. The student leaders will attend the class meetings, meet with the instructor, develop lesson plans for study sessions, and serve as model students of the course. Activities will be developed by the leaders to facilitate development of skills and learning of course content.

    What are SI Student leaders' responsibilities?

    The student leader will have attended the class and will have activities planned to facilitate understanding, comprehension, and retention of the content of the course. Student leaders will not provide class notes for students who have been absent from class. It is up to the student to obtain the notes from another student taking the class. The SI study sessions are not tutoring sessions, and the student leaders will not review and re-teach content material. The student leaders plan activities to facilitate the learning of the content by use of study strategies.