Supplemental Instruction (SI)
About Supplemental Instruction
The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program is a free support service offered through Student Academic Support to Purdue Calumet students. SI is offered in specific, historically difficult undergraduate level courses, such as English Composition, Algebra and Trigonometry, various levels of Calculus, Introduction to Biology, General Physics, a variety of engineering courses, as well as General and Organic Chemistry. An SI Leader is a student that has already successfully taken the class and is paid to sit in on the class again with you. The SI Leader holds interactive review sessions several times a week to reinforce the material covered in the lecture. These free sessions give students the opportunity to ask questions, learn new study techniques, and test themselves before the Instructor tests them!
Benefits of Supplemental Instruction
Students who attend SI sessions gain a greater understanding of the material and improve their academic skills. National and on-campus studies have shown that students who utilize SI on a regular basis average between a half and full letter grade higher than students who do not attend SI sessions.
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Role of Supplemental Instruction Leader
SI Leaders are students who have successfully completed the course with a B or better and have been recommended by the professors to provide assistance to those enrolled in the class. The SI Leaders take on the role of model students while being paid to attend class sessions again. They take lecture notes, complete the assigned reading and homework. They are expected to meet weekly with the professor to ensure that the material covered and discussed in the SI session aligns with the professor’s presentation of the information. SI Leaders facilitate pre-planned, interactive review sessions a minimum of twice a week. These sessions engage students with creative approaches to learning such as game playing, peer-teaching, or practicing homework problems.
Frequently Asked Questions About Supplemental Instruction:
Q. What is Supplemental Instruction?
A. SI is a unique support service aimed at helping students achieve success in specific courses. SI partners students that have already taken and excelled in these courses with currently enrolled students. Together, they meet in group sessions outside of class. The goal is to help students gain a better understanding of the subject matter and thereby achieve higher grades.
Q. What subjects have Supplemental Instruction?
A. SI is available for a variety of undergraduate courses, such as English Composition, Algebra and Trigonometry, various levels of Calculus, Introduction to Biology, General Physics, a variety of engineering courses, as well as General and Organic Chemistry.
Q. Who runs the SI sessions?
A. All sessions are run by SI Leaders, students who have already taken the course and excelled.
Q. What does a SI Leader do?
A. At least twice a week, the SI Leader facilitates pre-planned, interactive review sessions where students are involved in creative approaches to learning such as game playing, peer-teaching, or practicing homework problems.
Q. Do I have to make an appointment?
A. No, just show up at the designated time and location of the SI Session.
Q. How much does Supplemental Instruction cost?
A. SI is free and available only to Purdue Calumet students.
Q. Where are SI sessions held?
A. SI sessions take place in designated rooms on campus.
Q. How can I become a SI Leader?
A. If you are interested in becoming a SI Leader, please visit our Student Employment page for more information.
If you have any other questions or need more information, stop by Gyte 102 or contact us at 219-989-3227.