About Supplemental Instruction
The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program is a support service offered to undergraduate students at Purdue University Calumet through the Academic Resource Center.
SI is offered in a variety of undergraduate level courses, including math, biology, english, chemistry, economics, psychology, sociology, and electrical computer engineering. Participation in SI is voluntary, yet highly encouraged.
SI Sessions are free, and each course offers sessions twice a week. SI is an opportunity to ask questions, learn new study techniques, and test yourself before the Instructor tests you!
Participating in Supplemental Instruction
SI Sessions generally start during the second week of classes. During the first week of classes, SI Leaders will survey students to determine the best time and place to hold their sessions; they will then announce session information to their classes.
Benefits of Supplemental Instruction
Students who attend SI sessions gain a greater understanding of the material and improve their academic skills. Both national and on-campus studies have shown that students who attend SI on a regular basis average between a half and full letter grade higher than students who do not attend SI sessions.
SI Leaders and SI Leader Training
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 Academic Resource Center provides training for SI Leaders to assist students through collaborative learning and self-developed study guides. SI leaders attend class sessions, take lecture notes, complete the readings, and 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.
Questions about SI? Contact ARC at 219.989.3227.