Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a learning enhancement program designed to organize and improve the ways in which students prepare for studies outside of class. SI is attached to particular courses and provides students with a systematic and disciplined approach for processing the subject material assigned by the professor. The SI leader attends the course to keep up with the subject content being presented and to model effective student practices and attitudes.

SI Will Help You:

  • Learn useful strategies to study more efficiently and focus on the most important concepts of the course
  • Become more confident about the subject and receive a different perspective on the material from a peer who succeeded in the course
  • Increase efficiency in test preparation and test taking
  • Receive assistance in setting up homework problems and practice problems assigned with guidance from SI Leaders
  • Learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together

SI Leaders:

  • Attend all lectures for the course and take notes, do the assigned homework and readings
  • Have taken the class previously and received at least a B+
  • Are trained in group facilitation and learning techniques
  • Are supervised by a trained staff member from the Academic & Career Planning Center

The following are common classes that offer SI:

  • Anthropology 210
  • Survey of Biology & General Biology
  • Calculus 123 Study Sessions
  • Survey of Chemistry & General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Criminal Justice 201
  • Computer Science 150
  • Earth Science 101 & 103
  • English 221 & 222
  • U.S. History 151 & 153
  • Physics (Intro & University)
  • Physiology 220 & 230
  • Political Science 100
  • Psychology 101 & 321

More information for students (login required)

Contact Information:

Academic Commons - First Floor, I.D. Weeks library
605-677-5381
tutorSI@usd.edu