Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an international program developed to assist students with learning material in traditionally difficult classes. It is a series of weekly review sessions for students taking certain courses. SI sessions are led by a student who has previously succeeded in the course and focus on collaborative and active learning. Research has proven that students who participate in SI earn about half a letter grade better than those who do not.
Attendance at sessions is voluntary and completely free. For the student, it is a chance to get together with other students in the class to compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying, and test yourself before the professor does. The program’s focus on collaborative learning makes sessions fun and provides another connection to campus to aid in academic success.
The Supplemental Instruction Program at Wichita State began in the fall of 1989. Since then, SI has developed an excellent track record of improving student success.
SI Leaders are prepared to share with students how to effectively study for the course. They attend the same class every day, taking notes and listening closely to the professor. At each session, the SI Leader will guide the students through the course concepts and share the strategies he or she used to be successful in the course. SI Leaders will not re-lecture, give out copies of his or her notes, help students with assigned homework, or encourage last minute test cramming. The SI coordinating team trains them in how to be effective facilitators and receive ongoing supervision.
Interested in becoming an SI leader? Fill out the application and return it to the Supplemental Instruction Office in the ACE Lounge in 115 Hubbard Hall (when classes are in session) or the Office for Faculty Development and Student Success in 115 Neff Hall (during the summer or when classes are not in session).
Supplemental Instruction Coordinators are trained graduate staff assistants who each supervise a team of SI Leaders. The Coordinators are responsible for identifying courses for the Supplemental Instruction component; meetings with faculty of the courses; training the student leaders and compiling semester and end-of-year reports.