What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction Leaders do?
- Supplemental Instruction is a trademarked method of delivering
academic support to students through a “collaborative learning environment.”
- SI serves historically challenging gatekeeper courses.
- SI offers several 1 – 1½ hour
sessions per week, facilitated by a student leader who attends classes with the
students. These sessions target study skills, collaborative exercises and
integration of course concepts without “re-lecturing” the material.
- SI targets the subjects and not the students.
- SI is voluntarily attended and is not a course requirement.
Supplemental Instruction different from Tutoring?
- Attend class with students.
- Don’t lecture: they enhance, but not duplicate the classroom
- Help students to develop study strategies and self-evaluate their
- Provide opportunities for students to test their knowledge of
- Provide an environment for students to actively engage in learning.
At NJCU, tutoring is available by
appointment as well as walk-in services in academic departments, the Writing
Center, and the Center for Student Success. Tutoring sessions are
student-directed; tutors provide explanations to students’ questions.
Supplemental Instruction is SI Leader directed; with regularly scheduled
sessions that include structured collaborative learning activities. Students
may benefit from both tutoring and participation in SI sessions.