The supplemental instruction (SI) program provides peer-facilitated study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. These sessions are led by a qualified Academic Resource Center scholar who has previously taken and exceeded in a given course. The scholars also attends all lectures with the students. The peer-facilitated study sessions are regularly scheduled informal review sessions where students can ask questions, compare notes, discuss readings, and work through example problems. Sessions meet twice a week for approximately one hour.
The SI program is for all students enrolled in a course. Students who participate will gain the skills to learn while grasping what to learn; work collaboratively with peer students in a facilitated environment; and receive support from a qualified SI leader.
You can view all the current courses that the ARC has assigned SI's for.
How Does Supplemental Instruction Work?
You and your classmates compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying the subject, and test yourselves before your professor does.
An SI leader—a student who previously excelled in the course and completed training in group facilitation techniques—guides you through course concepts.Your leader won't lecture or give you class notes. However, your leader will improve your learning by:
- Sharing strategies for success in the course
- Showing methods to make good use of your study time
- Helping put concepts together so you see an overall perspective
Is Supplemental Instruction Another Lecture?
No. SI is a discussion group that gives everyone a chance to participate. The SI leader does not lecture or re-teach the subject matter. Instead, everyone contributes their knowledge and helps each other.
The professor is not present at sessions.
Do I Need to Prepare for an Supplemental Instruction Session?
There are no extra assignments. It helps, however, to have attempted the homework or done the reading before you come to an SI session. Doing that work will allow you to bring questions to the session and to get the specific help you need.
When Are the Sessions Scheduled?
The SI leader distributes a survey during the second week of a course. SI sessions are scheduled at times that are best for the majority of students. Times for SI sessions will be established at the beginning of the semester.
On rare occasions, SI session times and locations change. To verify when an SI session is scheduled for a particular course during the current semester, call Hassan at 312.567.7980.
Why Should I Participate?
We urge all students in supported classes to attend SI sessions, whether you're struggling or not. Many students who attend SI are excellent students who want to work toward a higher grade or understand the material more thoroughly.
Does Supplemental Instruction Really Help?
Yes! The United States Department of Education found supplemental instruction to be highly effective. Studies at several institutions have shown that students who participate in SI earn higher final course grades than students who do not.
Can I Join the Supplemental Instruction Session Remotely?
Yes! All sessions in the WH-119 can be joined through Equil. The SI ARC scholar will email you the link to join the session.
ARC SI Program Survey
The Academic Resource Center would like to hear from you about the SI program at Illinois Tech. Please complete this survey online.