SI: Resources for Students

Supplemental Instruction FAQs:

What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI), is a program where peer tutors called SI Leaders host study sessions for students in designated “historically difficult” classes.

SI Leaders are students who have previously taken the course and done well. The SI Leader attends class, lab, and also hosts group study sessions for students.

At each study session, the SI leader will support students in learning course concepts. SI leaders will help students make good use of their time and share the strategies s/he used to be successful in the course. The SI Leaders work collaboratively with students to discuss readings, compare notes, share study skills and prepare for exams. The sessions focus on how to learn the material along with what to learn.

What's in it for me?

Students who attend SI sessions earn better grades and are less likely to “drop” the course than students who do not attend sessions. SI sessions also help students develop study skills/strategies that will help them in other courses as well.

How do I know if SI is offered for my course?

SI Leaders are assigned to many introductory level science classes at Mid. Once the semester begins, check the SI Schedule. Schedules are posted online and outside science labs and classrooms. Additionally, during the first week of classes the SI Leader will make a short presentation to the class about SI. Regular announcements and/or postings will be made in class to remind students about sessions as well.

What if I need help but the SI session(s) don’t fit into my schedule?

Other options for help are:

Attend another SI session for a different section of your course:

  • Meet with your professor during office hours, or by appointment.
  • Request an individual tutor by clicking the link and filling out an individual tutoring request form.

How often are SI sessions held?

Generally once or twice per week (per class).

Who attends SI?

SI is open to all students enrolled in a specific course. Students from all ability levels attend SI. There is one thing all SI participants have in common—the desire to be a better learner. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you please.

What does it cost?

Supplemental Instruction sessions are FREE.

Helpful Websites:

Supplemental Instruction emphasizes the development of strong study skills. The following list contains a few of the many great websites that assist students in developing skills such as time management, vocabulary development, managing test anxiety, managing the workload, etc.:

  • provides students numerous tips and examples of organization and preparation for studying, test taking, and researching for projects or presentations.
  • contains a plethora of resources about overcoming test anxiety.
  • study skills are listed both by the process of studying and by topic. Each topic has a list of handouts.

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