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Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free program operating out of the Center for Teaching and Learning at DePaul University. SI is an internationally recognized, evidence-backed model that aims to help students successfully complete historically difficult classes (those with high D, F, or Withdraw rates) through weekly peer-assisted study sessions.
All students in a targeted SI course are highly encouraged to attend SI sessions. There is no remedial stigma attached to SI since historically difficult courses, rather than high risk students, are targeted.
Attending SI sessions increases your opportunity to have higher course grades. Furthermore data from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction shows that students who take advantage of the SI program tend to:
Lastly, attending an SI session presents an opportunity to develop relationships with other students from class while you learn course material in a fun and collaborative environment!
Supplemental Instruction is provided for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. Traditionally these are 100 and 200 level courses that are taught in a lecture format and have a high rate of students receiving a D, F or withdraw.
At the beginning of every quarter, SI-supported courses and session schedules are posted on the SI website. If your section* is supported, an SI Leader will make announcements on the first day of class and throughout the quarter. They may also send periodic emails to promote study sessions.
*Students may attend sessions for supported courses, even if they are not attending the specific section.
Each Leader holds (2) 1-hour SI sessions a week. View session schedule.
SI is open to any student who is enrolled in a supported course. SI targets historically difficult classes and is not considered remedial. If you want to increase your chances of doing well in a course, learn new study techniques or go over course material in a collaborative environment, try SI!
SI is completely anonymous. Your professor does not know if you attend any sessions, and you are not graded on the work completed in SI sessions.
Your SI Leader will not have access to any confidential information and does not receive information from the professor regarding your course grade.