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Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are free, out-of-class review sessions open to all students enrolled in an offered course.

Vol Study Center data demonstrates that students who attend Supplemental Instruction on a weekly basis receive up to a full letter grade higher than those who don’t attend. Participants also have higher GPAs and are more likely to remain in college! 

SI review sessions are designed to encourage students to work together to develop study strategies, review material, and prepare for exams. SI Leaders are students who have completed the course that they are leading review sessions for. SI Leaders offer support and guidance as students learn material and develop strategies for succeeding in a course. SI is currently offered for the following courses: 

  • Accounting (ACCT 200)
  • Human Anatomy (ANTH/EEB 240/NURS 250)
  • Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB 401)
  • Biology (BIOL 150 and 160)
  • Chemistry (CHEM 102, 112, 122, 132, 260, and 360)
  • Math (119 and 125)
  • Psychology (PSYC 295) 
  • Statistics (STAT 201)


How SI works 

Supplemental Instruction Leaders host review sessions for the course they have selected. SI Leaders attend the professor’s lectures each week, take notes on the material covered, and coordinate with the professor regarding the content covered in review sessions. In the SI review session, students have the opportunity to engage with course content delivered from a peer-to-peer perspective while also making connections with peers and their SI Leader in either an in-person or online format. In addition to course content, SI Leaders also provide students with study skills and strategies that they can use to help them remember, understand, and apply the information that they encounter in class. 

SI and Embedded Schedule