What is Supplemental Instruction?

Academic Support Center, McCutchan Hall

What is Supplemental Instruction?

What is Supplemental Instruction?
S.I. provides structured study times; it's not another lecture. At an S.I. session a group leader who has already successfully completed the course facilitates cooperative, interactive learning; students are encouraged not to be just passive onlookers. Regular attendance every week helps you to learn the most effective strategies for studying the content of a course; S.I. is not designed for cram sessions right before tests.

How can you benefit?
Data collected over the past 25 years from more than 500 institutions where S.I. is offered proved that people who participate regularly in S.I. improve their grades because the program helps them improve their understanding of course material, guarantees structured study times, and teaches study strategies that can be used over and over in many other courses. Through S.I. you can learn how to make your study time more efficient; you will develop skills in test preparation, taking notes, reading texts, interpersonal communication, and writing papers. You will receive the support of a very dedicated and successful peer leader who has done all of this before; you can feel comfortable asking your S.I. leader any question you would like to (even if you feel that it's stupid), and the leader will also help you learn how to ask the professor to explain what you need to know and will encourage you to not give up until you are truly satisfied that you understand the material. In general, because S.I. students learn more, they get better grades.

   Recent Results
For the courses where S.I. was offered: S.I. Group Average Final Grade Non-S.I. Group Average Final Grade
1996-97 2.81 2.42
1997-98 2.69 2.28
1998-99 2.65 2.13
1999-00 2.66 2.42
2000-01 2.90 2.40
2001-02 2.58 2.10
2002- 03 2.57 2.20
2003-04 2.66 2.16
2004-05 2.50 2.00
2005-06 2.68 2.18
2006-07 2.73 2.15
2007-08 2.74 2.18
2008-09 2.94 2.26
2009-10 2.90 2.10
2010-11 2.80 2.10

For Additional Information

For more information on Supplemental Instruction, e-mail tutorctr@uww.edu or call 472-1230.  Additional information can be found at http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EPTW/eptw14/eptw14d.html and http://www.umkc.edu/cad/si/.

Faculty and students may also email their questions to us.

(Instructors need to request S.I. in the middle of the semester that precedes the semester when S.I. would be provided. More information »)

Location

Multicultural Affairs & Student Success
UW-Whitewater
226 McCutchan Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Contact Us

Phone: (262) 472-4985
Fax: (262) 472-2794



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