Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free, nontraditional form of tutoring that focuses on collaboration, group study, and interaction for assisting students with "traditionally difficult" courses. SI provides a trained peer, an SI Leader, who has successfully taken the course to assist current students. Through SI sessions, students are provided with course-specific learning and study strategies, note taking and test taking skills, as well as the opportunity for a structured study time with peers.

SI Leaders

SI sessions are facilitated by academically successful students, known as SI Leaders, who have previously excelled in the course and have received training on guiding collaborative group study sessions. SI Leaders attend all assigned lectures, take thorough notes, and participate as a traditional student within the course. SI Leaders plan and use a variety of teaching and learning methods in SI sessions that students can apply to any class, thus providing an opportunity to learn how to learn while learning what to learn.

Meet our current SI leaders.

Benefits of attending SI Sessions

SI is a resource offered by the Educational Success Center and available to any student registered in an SI-targeted course. Attendance is voluntary, but is highly encouraged. Data has proven that students who attend regularly (at least one session a week) on average receive a final grade one half to a whole letter grade higher than their classmates who did not regularly attend.

Students who participate in SI:

  • 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.

Data suggests that the more often students attend, the higher their final grades will be in the course. We recommend attending SI sessions at least once per week.

For more information regarding Supplemental Instruction, please visit: http://www.umkc.edu/cad/si

Spring 2021 SI Supported Courses:

CSCI 202

MATH 090

MATH 112

MATH 242

MATH 310

TED 200