Frequently Asked Questions
What is SI?
SI means Supplemental Instruction.
It is a series of weekly tutoring and review sessions for students taking difficult courses. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades.
Attendance at sessions is voluntary. For you the student, it’s a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, to develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test yourselves before your professor does, so that when they do, you’ll be ready. At each session you will be guided through this material by your SI Tutor, who is also a student.
What is an SI Tutor?
SI Tutors are students themselves and are prepared to share with you what they have learned over the years about how to study. They know the course content and are anxious to help guide you through it. They’ll be in class with you every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read. What they won’t do is lecture; their job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all together during the SI sessions. SI can help you learn course material more efficiently.
When do SI review sessions start?
On the first day that you meet your SI Tutor you will fill out a short survey to let the SI Tutor know your class schedule and availability. Each SI Tutor will set up two or more times a week that are best for a majority of students taking the class. You can attend on, two or more (the choice is yours) and each one will be different because you’ll have new material to discuss. SI review sessions are informal. Bring your notes; bring your textbook; bring your questions.
What’s in it for me ?
If you attend SI Tutoring regularly, chances are you’ll do better in your coursework—students who attend SI sessions have proven to earn higher grades, stay in school longer, and succeed in their other classes. You’ll have developed a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. This will also help you in other classes.