What is SI?
Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program designed to help students in historically difficult classes. SI provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated sessions.
Which classes offer SI?
At SCC, classes that have SI are the gatekeeper math and science courses--the first course in a series for STEM majors. We currently offer SI to some sections of Bio 211, Bio 212, Bio 229, Bio 239, Chem 219, Chem 229, Chem 249, Chem 259, Physics 250A, Physics 250B, Math 080, Math 16, and Math 180. Please click the link below to see a list of courses offering SI and the corresponding scheduled meeting dates.
Fall 2015 Schedules (Updated May 5, 2015):
SI Schedule for Science Courses
SI for Math Courses -- not yet available.
Who is eligible to go to SI?
All enrolled students are encouraged to attend the SI sessions for their class. However, attendance is voluntary.
Does SI really make a difference?
Supplemental instruction was first developed in 1973 at The University of Missouri-Kansas City. It is now taught in over 700 institutions throughout the nation and in over twelve countries. After extensive research and data collection, it is found that students who participate in SI within the targeted historically difficult courses earn higher mean final course grades than students who do not participate in SI. Also, students participating in SI persist at the institution (reenrolling and graduating) at higher rates than students who do not participate in SI. (Source: National Supplemental Instruction Report 2003-2006)
This is what a former Chem 219 student at SCC had to say, "[SI sessions] are honestly so helpful and I am finally understanding concepts that I didn't get in the whole semester of Intro to Chem."