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SI Frequently Asked Questions
What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction is a learning enhancement program which consists of a series of weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. SI sessions are open to all students who want to improve their understanding of the course material. Attendance is voluntary and offers students a chance to get together with classmates to compare notes, discuss important concepts, and develop strategies for studying. SI sessions are led by SI Leaders, competent students who have previously taken these historically difficult courses.
SI Leaders attend lecture with students, take notes, and act as a near-peer mentor in the classroom. In sessions, SI Leaders facilitate active student engagement in course material review and offer helpful techniques that incorporate how to learn with what to learn.
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 email@example.com 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