Frequently Asked Questions By students

How do I know if I'm taking a course that has SI?

If you are enrolled in a course that has SI, your faculty and SI Leader will introduce themselves at the beginning of the semester. Your SI Leader will also invite you to SI sessions at the beginning of each class, and will let you know the locations, times, and days of the sessions.

What if I can't attend all of the SI sessions?

It is recommended that you still go to one or two sessions a week, depending on your schedule.

You can also put in a request for tutoring or academic skills here.

What if an SI session begins 10 minutes before I get out of a class?

You can still come! Supplemental Instruction sessions are voluntary.

Even if you're late (or need to leave early), you can still get something out of the session during the time that you are there.

If I don't start going to SI at the beginning of the semester, can I still come later?

Of course. SI is not a club that you have to join. SI is here for you, whenever you need it.

It is best to use SI as a continual discussion/review session throughout the semester, though, to maximize your studying potential.

How do I become an SI Leader?

First, refer to the Employment section of the SSC website.

Second, talk to your instructor to let them know you are interested. The SI faculty recommend their choices to the Academic Achievement Center.

Questions?  Email us at

Can I bring my child to my sessions?

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but children are not permitted to be in any Supplemental Instruction session offered through the Academic Achievement Center.

Where is SI located?

The main office is located in Forney 114.

Sessions are scheduled in classrooms around campus. Please ask your SI Leader to verify session locations.

Frequently Asked Questions By Faculty

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a learning enhancement program, designed to organize and improve the ways in which students prepare for class outside of class. SI is attached to courses to provide students with a systematic and disciplined approach for processing the course material assigned by the professor.

Through this program, an SI leader is assigned to a course. This student has demonstrated proficiency in a targeted course and undergoes SI training. The SI leader attends the course to keep up with the course content being presented and to model effective student practices and attitudes. The SI leader schedules and conducts three to four discussion/review sessions a week at times convenient to members of the class.

During these sessions, the SI leader uses interactive learning strategies which encourage involvement, comprehension, and synthesis of course content. In addition, the SI leader will incorporate demonstrations of effective study techniques.

Why was my course selected for SI?

SI targets historically difficult courses. In other words, this course contains content that students consider to be challenging. SI is designed to support faculty teaching and is assigned to a course because of what is being taught, not because of the manner in which it is being taught.

What will I be required to do?

SI is not intended to create additional work for faculty. You can support SI by granting time for occasional in-class announcements, meeting weekly with your SI leader, and being supportive of the program by encouraging students to take advantage of SI. Faculty should avoid the suggestion that only those who do poorly will benefit.

Additionally, we will be in contact with faculty about the following aspects of the program:

  • Assisting us in selecting and approving candidates for SI leaders for your course;
  • Meeting briefly with your SI leader outside of class on a weekly basis.
  • Complete a faculty evaluation of SI each semester.
What should I expect from the SI leader?

The SI leader will attend all class meetings; maintain a professional attitude about matters such as class standards, grades, and student complaints; discourage students from attending SI as a substitute for class; share SI materials with the cooperating faculty member before use, if possible; and provide feedback to the cooperating faculty member if requested to do so.

What should I expect from Supplemental Instruction?

We will cooperate with faculty in selecting candidates for SI leaders and place leaders only with the approval of the cooperating faculty member; train all SI leaders according to established guidelines and standards; monitor the activities and presentations of SI leaders for as long as necessary by attending class with them, helping plan sessions and supervising their performance; provide supplies, training, in-service experiences, consultations for SI leaders; and provide cooperating faculty with an end-of-term comparative analysis of student performance.