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JPEG ImageSupplemental 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 

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JPEG ImageSI Leaders are prepared to share with students how to effectively study for the course.

  • Leaders attend the same class and take notes.
  • At SI sessions, the Leader guides students through the course concepts and share the strategies he or she used to be successful
  • Leaders will not re-lecture, give out notes, help students with assigned homework, or encourage last minute test cramming.

JPEG Image Meet the SI Leaders: wichita.edu/SILeaders.
JPEG Image Interested in becoming an SI leader? Apply here.

JPEG Image SI Coordinators

JPEG ImageSI Coordinators are trained graduate staff assistants who each supervise a team of SI Leaders.

Coordinators are responsible for:

  • identifying courses for the Supplemental Instruction component
  • meetings with the faculty of the courses
  • training the student leaders
  • compiling semester and end-of-year reports