/ Supplemental Instruction
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is supported by the Academic Success Center, The Association of Former Students, and selected college or academic departments in which it is offered.
SI is a peer-led, academic assistance program that can significantly improve performance for students who attend regularly. Students who attend 10 or more sessions throughout the semester have statistically been shown to earn half to a full letter grade higher than those students who do not attend.
If your class has SI, on the first day of class your SI Leader will announce when sessions will take place. You may also search for a list of classes supported by SI and the session schedules.
What SI is . . .
SI sessions are offered outside of class three times a week for 50 minutes each, on a regular schedule. Attendance is voluntary.
SI sessions are facilitated by SI leaders (undergraduate students who have previously taken and mastered the course). If you attend SI, you'll experience active and collaborative learning methods that will help you achieve course learning objectives. SI Leaders show you not only what to learn but how to learn it. SI Leaders emphasize core competencies that can be used beyond the scope of a particular course, including the ability to:
- identify the main idea
- identify the intellectual level at which information needs to be processed
- use an appropriate study strategy at the appropriate intellectual level
- exercise time management skills to achieve academic goals.
What SI is not . . .
SI is not intended as a last-minute study strategy, or as a substitute for attending class or week-in-review sessions, but as a semester-long supplement to regularly scheduled class activities.
FAQs for Students
Students who consistently attend SI (10+ times a semester) score on average of half a letter to a full letter grade higher than those who do not.
SI is used at universities across the U.S. and internationally, and there is a wealth of data proving it is effective.
SI Leaders have taken the class before and performed well in it, often with the same instructor. They have a proven track record in this and other classes at Texas A&M.
It is an opportunity to study in a group.
It is an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
No. SI Leaders will not give out notes to students.
Choosing to attend and identifying yourself as an attendee is your choice. While you will sign in each session, this information is collected to show the effectiveness of the SI program and is not given to professors.
Missing class and attending SI alone will not help you in any way. SI Leaders do not re-lecture the material. Not only would you gain little from attending the session, you would have little to contribute.
SI is supported by the Academic Success Center, The Association of Former Students, and the department or colleges that use it. Your fees and tuition may go in some part to support SI, but you do not pay directly.