Developmental and Supplemental Learning: Supplemental Instruction (SI)
The University College Supplemental Instruction Program at North Carolina Central University focuses on peer facilitated study sessions for selected GEC courses. Supplemental Instruction creates opportunities for students to work with trained Supplemental Instruction Leaders and collaboratively with their classmates to solve problems, compare notes, discuss readings, develop academic skills, and prepare for tests and exams.
Key Elements of Supplemental Instruction
- All Supplemental Instruction Sessions are Peer-Lead Review Sessions
- Supplemental Instruction provides an opportunity for students to learn how to learn while learning what to learn.
- Participation in Supplemental Instruction is free and highly recommended for freshmen and sophomores enrolled in SI Courses.
- Supplemental Instruction Leaders are trained in group facilitation methods, student learning theory, and study techniques.
- The supplemental Instruction program is supervised by a trained professional staff member from the University College.
- Supplemental Instruction Leaders work one-on-one with faculty members to assist students currently enrolled in the course in experiencing success.
Why should students attend SI?
- Research at over 600 institutions around the world consistently shows the following:
- Students who participate in SI earn higher course grades than students who do not participate.
- Of the students who participate in SI, those who attend regularly earn a higher final grade or higher exam grade than those who attend only a few times.
Students also frequently state that activities in SI sessions improve long-term knowledge retention.