Supplemental Instruction (SI) is based on the model created in 1973 by Dr. Deanna Martin at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. SI targets traditionally difficult academic courses and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated sessions. SI Sessions are free of charge, open to all students in the course, and are attended on a voluntary basis.
The goal of SI is to create an environment that produces successful independent learners with strong self-esteem by emphasizing study skills, learning strategies, and collaborative learning. Independent learners are intrinsically motivated individuals with the tools and desire to be successful students.
Some of the students who will attend the SI sessions will demonstrate some of these skills while others may not. The focus of SI is on the long-term, to meet students where they are and set them up for success for their entire college career.
SI is not the same as tutoring, nor is it the same as instruction.
SI sessions are planned Collaborative Learning Activities (CLAs) that provide practice and reinforce course material.
It is neither sitting with students answering their questions, nor is it standing in front of a group of students explaining course content. Instead it is a directed activity that gets students working through the most challenging content for the course.
What classes are chosen for SI?
About one in four FC students is enrolled in a class with SI. We specifically target classes where SI will have the greatest impact. This includes large classes with low success rates, as well as basic skills courses and key “gateway” courses along degree pathways.