Supplemental Instruction

The Fall 2017 SI Leader application is now open! Apply today!

The Supplemental Instruction Program is Hiring!

Mission Statement

The mission of Sam Houston State University Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program is to improve student retention and academic achievement by organizing dynamic and interactive peer-facilitated study sessions paired with traditionally difficult
 courses.

What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction is an opportunity for students to take an active role in their learning experience, collaborate with peers, and further strengthen their study skills in historically difficult SHSU courses. SI sessions are peer-facilitated study sessions that consist of content-based activities, discussions, and reviews. All students in SI-supported courses are strongly encouraged to attend sessions throughout the semester as participation has shown up to an 11% increase in course grade compared to students who do not attend sessions. Many students report that the study skills they gained in SI sessions helped them in subsequent coursework as well. 

SI sessions are offered in two formats: face-to-face for on-campus courses and Blackboard Collaborate for distance courses. Students enrolled in fully-online courses are encouraged to attend face-to-face sessions when possible, but the dynamic and engaging Collaborate environment provides the same, high-quality SI session experience for students who are unable to visit the Huntsville campus. 

What are SI Leaders and SI Mentors?

SI Leaders are students who have successfully completed the SI-supported course and have received faculty recommendations to the SI program. SI Leaders are not tutors and they do not re-lecture information. Instead, Leaders help students put course material into perspective in order to learn materials more efficiently and reach a deeper understanding of course content through critical thinking. 

SI Mentors are students who previously led SI sessions, but now support the SI program by providing training sessions for SI Leaders, observing and offering feedback to Leaders, and assisting the program Coordinator with marketing and administrative aspects of SI.