About SI

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic program that provides free, regularly scheduled review sessions for specific courses taught at Auburn University. Review sessions are held 1–3 times per week and are led by undergraduate students who excelled in that course in a previous semester. Each SI Leader attends class with the current students and generally holds two 1.5-hour review sessions every week.

Supplemental Instruction sessions are optional to attend, and they provide a relaxed, peer-led environment where students can collaborate and grow in the knowledge of their subjects. Students who regularly attend SI sessions usually gain better study habits, stronger connections with other Auburn students, and improved grades.

What are the goals of Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program that is intended for all students in the class, not just those doing poorly. The SI program strives to reduce rates of attrition for courses with high failure rates, to instill study skills that students can carry on to other classes, and to help students establish relationships with peers.

Who are the Supplemental Instruction Leaders?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders are undergraduate students who have excelled in the class in a previous semester and have a desire to help others succeed. SI Leaders are recommended by their professors and exhibit strong academic performance. Most SI Leaders earned an “A” in the course and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

SI Leaders are excellent communicators and provide structure, enthusiasm, and knowledge in their review sessions. They attend each lecture and prepare worksheets, discussions, or activities to help students review the material. In addition to being knowledgeable about their subjects, SI Leaders are well-versed in effective study strategies.

What are the benefits of attending Supplemental Instruction sessions?

Students who attend Supplemental Instruction sessions on a regular basis generally gain these benefits:

  • Better grades
  • A firmer understanding of the subject
  • Connections with classmates
  • A structured time to review class materials

Which classes have Supplemental Instruction?

Currently, the following classes have Supplemental Instruction sessions:

Accounting – Principles of Financial Accounting (ACCT 2110)

Biochemistry – Principles of Biochemistry (BCHE 3200)

Biology – Introduction to Biology (BIOL 1000), A Survey of Life (BIOL 1010), Principles of Biology (BIOL 1020), Organismal Biology (BIOL 1030), Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 2500 and 2510), Genetics (BIOL 3000)

Chemistry – Survey of Chemistry I and II (CHEM 1010 and 1020), Fundamentals I and II (CHEM 1030 and 1040), General Chemistry for Scientists I and II (CHEM 1110 and 1120), Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 2070 and 2080)

History – World History I and II (HIST 1010 and 1020)

Math – College Algebra (MATH 1000), Pre-Calculus Algebra (MATH 1120), Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (MATH 1130), Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry (MATH 1150)

Physics – Foundations of Physics (PHYS 1000), General Physics I and II (PHYS 1500 and 1510), Engineering Physics I and II (PHYS 1600 and 1610)

Auburn Global – Auburn in the World (HIST 1000 and SOCY 1050), Fundamentals Chemistry I (CHEM 1030), Concepts of Science (SCMH 1010), Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2020)

For a list of current class sections and SI session times, click here.

What should students expect from a session?

Each session will look different, and the SI Leaders choose what activities they include in their sessions. Common activities in sessions may include the following:

  • Worksheets
  • Review quizzes
  • Review games
  • Whiteboard work
  • Practice problems
  • Group discussions

Students should come ready to participate in these review activities. SI Leaders will not re-lecture material, so participation by students is essential to having an effective session.

What should students bring to a session?

Students should bring their textbook, class notes, and a pleasant attitude to the session.

What are some resources for additional help?

The Auburn University Office of Academic Support provides additional resources for students who want to improve their academic performance. Study Partners offers free tutoring for a variety of courses, and Academic Coaching  assists students with foundational study skills.

Some departments on campus also offer tutoring for their subjects. The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering offers tutoring for some of its courses, and the College of Sciences and Mathematics has a drop-in center that offers free tutoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

Additionally, for written projects, the Miller Writing Center provides free consultations for all types of writing.

How do you become a Supplemental Instruction Leader?

If you are interested in becoming a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader, submit a completed application and two recommendation letters to the SI Coordinator. We begin accepting applications for the upcoming semester near the midterm of the current semester. If you are not already familiar with Supplemental Instruction, we encourage you to attend SI sessions before you apply.

 

To learn more about becoming an SI Leader, click here.

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