University of Southern Indiana

Supplemental Instruction

What is SI?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized academic support program developed by Dr. Deanna Martin at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) in 1973. SI is a voluntary program that offers free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are lead by undergraduate student SI Leaders who have previously taken the course and demonstrated academic competency in the subject area. Each SI Leader facilitates several 50-minute sessions per week using collaborative learning methods. SI not available for all courses, please check your syllabus to see if SI is offered for your course.

Why SI?
Students who participate in SI:

  • Learn the study skills necessary to succeed in the coures.
  • Work collaboratively with peers in a open, friendly, and non-judgmental environment.
  • Receive support from a extensively trained, educated SI Leader.
  • Achieve higher academic success' in the courses

SI Leaders
SI Leaders are current USI undergraduate students who have successfully completed the course or recommended by the instructors to become a SI Leader. All Leaders are supervised by trained professional Academic Skills staff members. SI Leaders encourage group learning of course material rather than act as authority figures who lecture to participants. During these study sessions, the leader and students will review class notes, discuss class material and work on the study skills needed to handle the particular subject matter.

Become an SI Leader
If you are a student interested in becoming a SI leader please contact for information on how to apply. 

Necessary qualities be a SI Leader:

  • Undergraduate USI student
  • Overall USI grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Previously completed the target class before, ideally from the same instructor
  • Received final course grade of A or B in the SI target class
  • Maintain availability in schedule for the SI sessions
  • Display excellent communication skills
  • Dependable, friendly, nonjudgmental 
  • Enjoy the target class subject and sharing information with others

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