Supplemental Instruction (SI)
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- Supplemental Instruction (SI)
- SI Overview
What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program offered through CAAS. SI is a peer-facilitated, collaborative learning process offered in some historically difficult courses. The current courses supported by SI are listed below. SI is a long-standing and internationally recognized program that assists students in learning and retaining course information, is statistically proven to increase student grades by one letter grade, and enhances course retention and persistence.
All students enrolled in SI supported courses are strongly encouraged to attend any and all SI sessions throughout the semester. SI Leaders are St. Olaf students who are trained to help other students learn and retain course material. SI Leaders are also students who have previously taken and excelled in the course. In general, SI sessions are approximately an hour in length and happen three to six times a week. SI Leaders collaborate with faculty and CAAS staff to create session strategies and assist students. SI Sessions are anonymous from faculty and attendance is only recorded for research purposes.