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Center for Academic Achievement

CFAA - Tutoring

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.  SI is currently offered for: 

  • BIOL 1110 & 1120: Biology I and II for Majors
  • CHEM 1110 & 1120: General Chemistry I and II

Why SI?

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.  Attending SI regularly is a fantastic way to study, increase your understanding of complex material, and review for exams. The small group environment allows you to work at a slower pace and ask quesitons.  Your SI leader will  facilitate activities to engage you with the material as you practice and learn. 

Who are SI Leaders?

SI leaders 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.



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