What is SI?

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For Everyone:

Supplemental Instruction (SI) was born in 1973 at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Since then, it has developed into a successful model for academic support that is available at colleges and universities around the world. SI has been offered for a variety of subject areas at Kent State since 1999.

If you have ever studied as part of a group, you know how difficult it can be to stay focused. In an SI session, however, the SI leader is prepared with group activities that ensure everyone is on task and learning the material. In this environment, students practice course-specific study strategies, test their understanding of the material, and prepare for exams. SI provides an effective way to study with classmates and a trained facilitator who knows the course content.

SI is a free resource available to everyone enrolled in an SI-supported course. Each semester, we see that students who participate in SI sessions tend to earn better grades than those who don’t.

For Potential SI Leaders:

Have you done well in one of the courses that SI supports? Do you enjoy helping your friends study and learn? Are you interested in a leadership experience? If so, consider applying to be an SI leader. See our for student employment page a full description and application, or email siprogram@kent.edu with questions.

For Faculty:

The SI program fits best with large lecture-style courses that have high fail/withdrawal rates. At Kent State University, we currently support a range of courses in biological sciences, chemistry, and economics. We welcome your feedback and suggestions about new courses that might benefit from SI support.