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.
How SI Works
- SI Leaders. These are students who have successfully completed the targeted course and undergone SI Leader training.
- In class. SI Leader attends lecture and works with the professor to identify complex material.
- Review Sessions. SI Leader facilitates sessions in which students work together to review difficult concepts. Over 90% of students who attended 6 or more SI sessions successfully completed their course.
- Office hours. SI Leader holds a weekly office hour to answer brief questions from students.
- See our resources. View study tips specific to your course at si.depaultla.org.
- Become a leader. Students who excel in SI classes are welcome to apply to be Leaders. These are paid positions that qualify for UIP credit.
Questions frequently asked by students:
Why should I attend an SI session?
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:
- Show higher instances of reenrollment and graduation
- Have higher overall GPA’s
- Learn to hone their critical thinking skills
- Gain a better understanding of course material
- Learn to apply their newfound study skills to other classes
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!
Why do only certain courses have Supplemental Instruction?
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.
How do I know if Supplemental Instruction supports my course?
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.
Who attends Supplemental Instruction sessions?
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!