Student Learning Center

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions to increase student success in historically difficult courses. SI sessions are held 3 to 4 times per week by an SI leader who has already mastered the course material in a specific course. The SI leader is faculty-recommended and extensively trained to facilitate group sessions where students can meet to compare notes, improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss difficult concepts, develop study strategies ad prepare for exams. SI is for ALL students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades! 

View SI Session Schedule - Spring 2022

FAQ for Students

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  • What is ONLINE Supplemental Instruction (SI?)

    Online Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a virtual academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted online study sessions to increase student success in historically difficult courses. SI sessions are held 3 times per week by an SI Leader who is an exceptional student and has already mastered the course material. The SI Leader is faculty-recommended and has been extensively trained to facilitate online group sessions where students can meet to compare notes, improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss difficult concepts, develop study strategies and prepare for exams.

  • How do I know if Online SI is offered in my course?

    There are two ways of knowing if SI is offered in your course:

    1. Check with the course Faculty
    2. Check the SI Session Schedule for the list of courses and SI Sessions
  • How often are Online SI Sessions held?

    SI sessions are offered at least three times a week in 50 minutes sessions via the Zoom application. Check the SI Session Schedule for specific times and locations for your course(s). If you are in an SI-supported course, your SI leader will embed the Zoom link into your Blackboard Learn page and email the link to you on a weekly basis.

  • Who attends Online SI?

    Online SI is for ALL students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades - not just for those who are struggling!

  • Am I required to attend Online SI?

    Attendance is voluntary. However, students who regularly attend SI sessions tend to earn a higher grade at the end of the semester, develop a better understanding of the course material, and acquire valuable study skills that carry over to other subjects and courses.

  • Do I have to pay to attend Online SI?

    No. Online SI is a free program for enrolled students.

  • Who is the SI leader and what is his/her role?

    The SI leader is a student who has successfully completed the course. His/her role during Online SI sessions is to facilitate group discussions by creating activities, powerpoints, and/or creating games that initiate conversation and learning among students.

  • What are Chico State students saying about the SI program?

    I’m always impressed with the sessions. Not only do I grasp CHEM better but I'm also becoming a better student.”

    “My SI leader does a great job of making sure we are confident in our abilities and that we know we are capable of succeeding.”

    “My SI leader always does a remarkable job of showing the material in a way I can understand it.”

    “SI made me have more of a growth mindset.”

    “GO TO SI! It makes the class at the very least 2x easier.” 

    “SI has been a constant this semester and I’m grateful such a program exists and is offered for free.”

    “Thanks for getting me my A in anatomy.”

     “No matter your race, ethnicity, religion, or background the SI leader always treats you with the same respect and consideration as all other students.”

    SI is one of the most helpful tools in any class, it allows you to engage with someone who is educated in the subject as well as collaborate with other students who are going through the same struggles as you. I wish I knew about and utilized SI from the first day of college.”

FAQ for Faculty

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  • What is Supplemental Instruction (SI?)

    Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions, in-person or via the Zoom application, to increase student success in historically difficult courses. SI sessions are held 3 times per week by an SI Leader who is an exceptional student and has already mastered the course material. The SI Leader is faculty-recommended and has been extensively trained to facilitate study group sessions where students can meet to compare notes, improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss difficult concepts, develop study strategies and prepare for exams. SI is for ALL students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades - not just for those who are struggling!

  • Why SI?

    There are many benefits to implementing SI into a course. SI improves student engagement in course content, student interaction in class, and students who attend SI sessions on a consistent basis traditionally earn a half to full letter grade higher than those students who do not participate in SI!

    SI GPA Grade Comparison for Spring 2020

    SI GPA grade comparison Spring 2020

    Modeled after the International SI Program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, (opens in new window) the SI Program at Chico State supports dozens of sections across multiple colleges, providing access to thousands of students each semester

  • Who are SI Leaders?

    SI Leaders are exceptional students who have successfully completed a specific course. SI Leaders serve as peer role models and, therefore, must have solid note-taking, communication, and study skills.

  • What is the role of the SI Leader in my class?

    SI Leaders are embedded into the course, will review content along with the enrolled students, and facilitate online study sessions outside of class. They meet with course faculty on a weekly basis to discuss the progress of the online SI sessions, determine difficult course content to review in online SI sessions, and provide feedback on what students are struggling with within the course.

    The SI Leader will:

    • Review all course content and materials along with the enrolled students in the course
    • Maintain a professional attitude about matters such as class standards, grades, and student complaints
    • Discourage students from attending SI as a substitute for completing assigned course materials
    • Share SI materials with the cooperating faculty members before use, if possible
    • Provide feedback to the cooperating faculty member if requested

    The SI Leader will not:

    • Re-lecture
    • Grade assignments and exams
    • Discourage students from completing assigned course materials
  • What will I be required to do?

    SI is not intended to create additional work for faculty. Over the course of the semester, we encourage you to promote SI attendance, meet with the SI leader weekly virtually or in person, and allow the SI leader to make announcements via class and BBL. We may also ask for your assistance in selecting and approving SI Leaders. The Student Learning Center will hire, pay for, and train the SI Leader.

  • Will I know who is attending the SI sessions?

    No. Over the course of the semester, faculty will not be given the names of those students who attended online SI sessions. Faculty will receive an SI Grade Comparison Report at the end of the semester (after grades are posted) of class performance for students who attended SI sessions and students that did not attend SI sessions (average grades, participation rates, etc.).

  • How can I request SI for my class?

    Requests for participating in the Supplemental Instruction Program should be made a semester in advance to allow time for hiring and training of the SI Leader. To start the SI request process, please complete this short SI Faculty Interest Form(opens in new window).