SI: Resources for Faculty/Staff

Staff Referrals:

We value staff referrals of students who would make strong SI Leaders. We are always looking for reliable, exceptional students with great interpersonal skills to be SIs. We currently have SI Leaders for many introductory level science classes.

Please click here for the SI Referral Form.


Additional Information on Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Please visit the International Center for Supplemental Instruction website which provides an overview of the program, its underlying theories, and longitudinal statistical data about the program.

Click here: http://www.umkc.edu/asm/si/index.shtml


Supplemental Instruction FAQs:

What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI), is an academic support model that uses peer-assisted study sessions to improve student retention and success within targeted historically difficult courses. The SI program provides peer support by having students who succeeded in traditionally difficult academic courses help other students complete these courses.

SI is a non-remedial approach that provides regular review sessions outside of class in which students work collaboratively by discussing readings, comparing notes, working together to predict test items, and sharing ideas for improving class material. Out-of-class review sessions are led by “SI leaders,” students who took the class already and did well. SI Leaders help students succeed and dramatically improve student retention.

What exactly does an SI Leader do during class and lab?

  • Provide a second set of hands in the lab, assisting students alongside the professor and answering questions
  • Help enforce lab safety and lecture expectations
  • Take notes during lecture (to be used in study sessions)
  • Assist during class as needed

What does an SI Leader do during study sessions?

  • Review course material with students
  • Create study guides and practice sheets for students to use
  • Teach specific study skills (note-taking strategies, reading a textbook, ways to study vocabulary etc.)
  • Answer questions and clarify areas of confusion

When do SI sessions start?

As soon as possible—the first week of classes is preferable! The professor and SI will let the students know the time/locations of the sessions as soon as possible. We will post and distribute flyers about the sessions early in the semester as well.

How often do SI sessions take place?

SI sessions usually take place once or twice a week.

Where can I get more information?

The International Center for Supplemental Instruction website ( http://www.umkc.edu/asm/si/index.shtml ) provides an overview of the SI, its underlying theories, and longitudinal statistical data about the program.

Do we do staff referrals for SI leaders?

We value staff referrals of students who would make strong SI Leaders. We are always looking for reliable, exceptional students with great interpersonal skills to be SI's. We currently have SI Leaders for many introductory level science classes.

Who do I contact if I have questions about SI?

Jason Howard, Interim Library & Learning Services Coordinator, jhoward4@midmich.edu, Ext. 169


 
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