Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction

What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together.

SI is currently in place in over 800 institutions of higher learning both nationally and abroad. At Mansfield University, we have been serving students since the fall 0f 1999. 

The Purpose of Supplemental Instruction: 

  1. to reduce rates of attrition within targeted historically difficult courses
  2. to improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses
  3. to increase the persistence rates of students

How SI Works:

Supplemental Instruction is attached to specific historically difficult courses. These courses frequently are introductory or "gatekeeper courses" but also include upper level undergraduate courses and courses in professional schools. Once a "high risk" course has been selected, an SI student leader is hired. This is a Mansfield University student who has completed the course, earned a grade of B or higher, and received a recommendation from a faculty member. SI leaders attend course lectures, take notes, read all assigned materials, and conduct three to five out-of-class SI sessions a week. The SI leader is the "model student," a facilitator who helps students to integrate course content and learning/study strategies.

Want to learn more?

Click HERE for current SI course offerings at Mansfield University.