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Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are free, out-of-class strategy sessions open to all students enrolled in a 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 sessions are designed to get groups of students working together to develop strategies to master course content, review material, and prepare for exams. SI leaders are undergraduate peers who have successfully completed the course. They offer support and guidance as you learn material and strategies for succeeding in a course. SI is currently offered for the following courses: 

  • Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) 401 
  • Biology (BIOL) 150 & 160 
  • Chemistry (CHEM) 102, 103, 122, 132, 260, & 360 
  • Computer Science (COSC) 102 
  • Statistics (STAT) 201 

How SI works 

An SI leader facilitates each session. You will see your SI leader in class taking notes, meeting with your professor, and participating in the lesson. This means your leader will be familiar with the course materials and lecture topics. In the SI session, you will develop study strategies for note taking, organization, questioning techniques, vocabulary, and test preparation as you review course material with your classmates and the SI leader. 

SI and Embedded Schedule

SI is available in-person and via Zoom. Room capacity is limited. If your course is not listed but you would like it to be considered for SI support, submit a Supplemental Instruction Course Request