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SI Frequently Asked Questions
What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a weekly peer-facilitated group study opportunity offered to students currently enrolled in historically-challenging courses and “gateway” courses. SI sessions are led by an “SI Leader”, a student who has previously excelled in the course and remains active in the current course offering through lecture attendance, taking notes, meeting with the course instructor, and serving as a model student in the classroom. SI sessions are designed by the SI Leader to encourage attendees to actively engage in directed collaborative group activities and discussions that prepare students for increased course content mastery and exam readiness.
Frequently Asked Questions for Students and Faculty are listed below. If you have further questions, please use the "Contact LASSO link to the left, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tashia Cheves at 405-744-2389.
Research demonstrates that when SI programs are offered at colleges, students do increase their test scores and grades. Just ask any student who attends a Supplemental Instruction session and how the group study has benefited them.
The group will review lecture presentations, engage in thoughtful class discussions regarding course topics, apply concepts, compare notes, learn new study skills such as memory techniques, time management, note-taking, and test-taking strategies. Sometimes SI leaders will review for upcoming exams, or play Jeopardy or other fun games. Students will also learn "what to learn" while learning "how to learn." Discover the secrets of passing the course!
SI sessions are held one to three times a week. Group study session begin during the second week of classes. Additional group study review sessions may be held during upcoming tests or exams. The SI Leader in your course will announce SI times and locations. Additional reviews sessions will also be announced in class.
LASSO generally targets courses for SI support that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- High freshman and sophomore enrollment
- A DFW rate of 25% or higher
- The course is designated as a “gateway” course by the department
LASSO considers courses for SI support that do not meet these criteria on a case-by-case basis and we welcome dialogue with you to determine if SI is a good fit for your course.
In our experience, Supplemental Instruction (SI) thrives in a course and maximizes benefits to students with the following support from faculty and departments:
- Faculty Buy-In and Support of SI
- Regular Meetings Between Course Instructor and SI Leaders
- Assistance in Identifying SI Leader Candidates
- Shared SI Cost Commitment
- Thoroughly-Trained, Skilled SI Leaders
- Extensive Administrative Support for SI
- Accurate SI Data Management and Reporting
- Shared SI Cost Commitment