Supplemental Instruction (SI)
SI is a structured study group designed to help students achieve success in "historically difficult" courses: those courses with consistently high rates of D's, F's, and W's (Withdrawals). The SI sessions are free and open to all students enrolled in the supported courses. A trained SI leader will facilitate three hour-long sessions per week, focusing on difficult course content and engaging students using active learning strategies. Weekly SI sessions serve to reinforce course material, clarify confusing concepts, and approach course material from a fun and engaging perspective.
Empirical studies have shown consistently that students who regularly participate in SI earn from 1/3 to one whole letter grade higher in the course than those who do not. Students who have attended SI at ETSU typically earn a final grade that is a full letter grade higher than those who did not attend.
Who are SI Leaders?
SI leader candidates are students who have taken the course and performed well. They must possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrate a vested interest in supporting student success. SI leaders are tasked with helping students think more deeply about the instructor's lectures and the readings covered in the course, and using innovative cognitive learning strategies to improve students' understanding of complex and challenging concepts.