Supplemental Instruction (SI)

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades.

Attendance is mostly voluntary, unless discussed and/or mentioned in the syllabus by the Course Professor. It’s a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts to develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test yourselves before your professor does – so that when he/she does, you’ll be ready. At each session you will be guided through this material by your SI leader, a competent student who has previously taken the courses.

If you are interested in developing an SI session for one of your courses, please contact:

Katy Betnar
Director, University College Learning Center
katy.betnar@wilkes.edu
570-408-4233

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is organized study sessions facilitated by a professional or a capable undergraduate who has already successfully completed the course. It is a collaborative learning experience in which students compare notes, discuss readings, share study strategies, and practice test items. SI peer leaders often attend classes, take notes, read assigned material, and conduct one or more study sessions a week. If the SI session is led by a professional, the leader works closely with course instructors to coordinate the sessions.

SI at Wilkes has traditionally been led by professionals and conducted for target courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics. Studies indicate that SI is most effective when applied to courses with higher-than-average numbers of students withdrawing, failing, or meeting only the minimum standard for receiving credit. However, the number of courses with SI sessions has increased the past two years, and select undergraduates have gained valuable experience serving as SI leaders.

Fall 2021 schedule will be posted soon!

Contact

Katy Betnar
Director, University College Learning Center
katy.betnar@wilkes.edu
570-408-4233