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Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a non-remedial approach to helping students gain content mastery, make peer connections, and develop skills for academic success.

SI offers free, active-review sessions facilitated by SI Leaders for targeted classes with high rates of student withdrawals and grades of D or F. SI Leaders are undergraduate students who excelled in that course in a previous semester. They attend all class lectures, take notes, and plan for how to maximize the benefit of the SI session time.

When a class is supported by SI, access to the SI sessions is open and encouraged for all students, regardless of their background knowledge in the subject or performance in the class. SI sessions are on a reoccurring weekly schedule established at the beginning of the semester. SI sessions are not class, and the SI Leader is not a teacher. SI sessions provide a relaxed, peer-to-peer environment, and are optional to attend.

During SI sessions, students engage in active learning to improve retention, discuss complex topics, and prepare for tests. Students who regularly attend SI sessions usually gain better study habits, stronger connections with other Auburn students, and improved grades.

Every semester, the Supplemental Instruction program hires undergraduate students at Auburn to serve as SI Leaders.

SI sessions for fall 2020 will begin Tuesday, 25 August and end Tuesday, 24 November.