Why is Supplemental Instruction Effective?
SI is a proactive approach to student success that finds a balance between modeling, teaching, practice, and feedback. The SI program targets traditionally difficult academic courses – those that have high rates of D, F, and W – rather than students who are having difficulty in the course. In close partnership with the professor, SI leaders plan and facilitate activities that not only reinforce the content, but introduce and exercise study skills, critical thinking, and problem solving methods that form a foundation for student success. By focusing on these skills, SI paves the way for future success and student independence throughout their college career.
How is Supplemental Instruction Different from Tutoring?
Supplemental Instruction is part of a larger package of support options offered at LSC-Kingwood. While SI does have some similarities to tutoring, its focus on academic skills and social learning make it a vastly different program that complements – not competes with – traditional tutoring. SI leaders are encouraged to refer their students to tutoring when they need individual, content specific help. The table below illustrates how SI and tutoring complement each other.