Supplemental Instruction (SI)

What is SI?

Academic and Learning Support Services is offering Supplemental Instruction (SI) for some La Salle courses. Supplemental Instruction is a nationally recognized academic support program that targets historically difficult courses and consists of regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions available to all students enrolled in a targeted course. Students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and prepare for examinations in the sessions, and learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills. The SI sessions are facilitated by formally trained “SI leaders,” students who have previously and successfully completed the targeted course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students for their classmates.

Some Key Elements:

  • SI targets historically difficult courses rather than "at-risk" students.
  • SI provides a vehicle for developing essential academic and learning skills in core curriculum courses.
  • Participation in the SI program is voluntary and open to all students in the course.
  • The SI leader attends all lectures for the targeted course.
  • The SI leader is trained in specific teaching/learning theory and techniques.
  • Assistance begins during the first week of the term before students encounter academic difficulties.
  • SI leaders promote and direct collaborative learning strategies.

Courses with SI may include Chemistry, Accounting, Physics, Biology, and Math.