What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program utilizing peer-assisted study sessions to enhance student performance and retention. SI is a series of weekly discussion and review sessions for students taking courses that have proven difficult for UALR students in the past. SI sessions consist of a discussion facilitated by an SI Leader who has successfully completed the course. The SI Leader knows the class content and sits through class with students every day. They hear what the class hears and read what the class reads in order to help students critically think about the class material.
Fall 2014 Supplemental Instruction Schedule
Supplemental Instruction Leader Schedule
SI was first developed by Deanna Martin, Ph.D., at the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1973. It has been shown that students who attend SI sessions earn statistically significant higher final course grades and drop out of courses less frequently than non-participants. SI offers regularly scheduled study sessions to assist students with course content and study skills. In addition, students have an opportunity to work together to compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict exam questions. The SI sessions are facilitated by SI Leaders. SI Leaders are student peers who have demonstrated academic competency in the subject area, and are trained in facilitating group activities using collaborative learning methods. (Adapted from Iowa State University Academic Success Center)
SI at UALR
The Academic Success Center is providing Supplemental Instruction this fall as part of our retention efforts. Students who participate in SI will:
- Learn how-to-learn while learning what-to-learn.
- Work collaboratively with peer students in a facilitated environment.
- Receive support from a trained, educated SI Leader.