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What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program offered by the Center for Academic Achievement and an opportunity for students to enhance their learning in specific courses. 
An FGCU student who has earned at least a B+ in the course guides the peer-assisted study sessions.  The SI program provides regularly scheduled review sessions and is open to all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and their grades.  By attending SI sessions, you, the student, will have the opportunity to discuss important concepts, develop learning and study strategies, and to test yourself before the professor does.

Why should I attend Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

Students who attend SI sessions on a regular basis may earn up to one-half letter grade higher and are less likely to earn a D or F in the course than those who do not attend SI sessions or attend less frequently. You will also develop a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways in which to learn the material. The college-level study skills that you learn in SI will help you earn higher grades in your other classes. Through attending SI, you will create a community with classmates, other students, staff, and feel a stronger connection to FGCU.

  • Regular SI attendance can result in earning up to one-half letter grade higher in the course
  • Less likely to earn a D or F in the course with regular attendance
  • Develop stronger understanding of course contend and effective study skills
  • Learning and study skills from SI can be used in other courses
  • Develop stronger campus connection through community building with classmates, students, and staff

How do I know if my class has SI?

Not sure if your class has SI? Stop by the Center for Academic Achievement in Library 103 or check our online SI schedule.  If your class has SI, our leaders will introduce themselves during the first week of class and send you email reminders. 

What can I expect from an SI session?

You can expect a trained student leader to guide the discussion and help students to discover answers and understand difficult course concepts during each session.  This collaborative environment encourages students to think critically and can serve as a review session before tests and quizzes. As a student, you will be able to find your SI leader’s schedule on the CAA website and choose at least one session to attend per week.  It is best to bring your questions about the class material to SI.  

What is an SI Leader?

Supplemental Instruction Leaders are undergraduate or graduate students who facilitate weekly, interactive, collaborative review sessions that combine what-to-learn with how-to-learn. Each leader must attend the course lecture and meet with the professor on a regular basis to clarify course content and material. SI leaders facilitate group discussion through Socratic questioning and other high-level cognitive learning methods. Additionally, SI leaders help students develop study techniques such as note taking, exam formulation, time management and other skills critical for success.

What can I expect from the SI Leader?

The SI Leader:

  • Has completed the course and earned a “B+” or higher
  • Attends class meetings (maybe lectures but not all courses are lecture style)
  • Is trained in the most effective college level learning and study strategies
  • Shows you how to learn the course content in SI courses
  • Provides guidance and structure to the study session
  • Models effective note-taking techniques and self-testing strategies
  • Models needed thinking and problem-solving techniques
  • Empowers students to become independent learners who can earn A's on their own

How do I apply to become an SI Leader?

We accept applications for SI Leaders on a rolling basis with priority deadlines each fall and spring semester.  Application details and deadlines are available online at https://www2.fgcu.edu/CAA/supportleaders.html

 

For more information email caa@fgcu.edu, call (239) 590-7906, or visit
Center for Academic Achievement in LIB 103