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Supplemental Instruction Program Overview

LeaRN Program

What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of out-of-class study sessions led by a student who has taken the course SI is offered in successfully. Initially developed by the University of Missouri at Kansas City, SI is an internationally utilized idea that provides students with an opportunity to become active with material outside of class. LeaRN's SI program works with first- and second-year courses that are traditionally difficult or serve a large number of freshmen & sophomore students.

The SI Leader

SI Leaders are selected by the faculty member of the class being supported. They are considered peers to the students they work with and function as a model student. Their goal is to help students formulate and answer their own questions.

SI Sessions Integrate Content and Learning Skills

In SI, "how to learn" is connected to "what to learn." Through practice and mastery of effective learning strategies, students can adopt and transfer these strategies to other subjects and content areas. Collaborative learning strategies are used in SI sessions as a means of creating a more active learning environment for student participants.

The Effectiveness of SI
Generally, 90% of students who attend SI at least 3 times receive a passing grade in the class.  For students who do not attend SI, 69% receive a passing grade. Because SI is an active, group-oriented study session, students are encouraged to get involved with their own learning and with the content.

Questions about SI should be directed to the SI Manager

Jess Willford
Coe 109

New to SI? Visit our site for students.



Contact Us

LeaRN: Learning Resource Network

Dept. 3334, 1000 E. University Ave, Coe Library 105

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4354


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