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Supplemental Instruction (SI)

The POWER Center (TRiO Student Support Services), along with the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) are currently offering sections of Supplemental Instruction (SI).

Unlike other forms of assistance, SI targets high risk courses rather than high risk students. ALL students are encouraged to attend SI sessions because the courses being targeted have shown to have historically high D/F/W rates for a large number of Minot State University students. The ultimate goal is to provide every individual in the targeted course the opportunity to develop proper study skills, learn material with and through peers, and go beyond the lectures to focus on content relevancy. SI will not replace classroom instruction. Students will still be expected to attend every class session, take notes, and actively participate in class discussions. SI teaches students how to learn while teaching them what to learn. Instead of teaching students study skills in isolation from content material, SI sessions are focused on using study strategies during sessions. Students are then able to transfer those learning capabilities to other disciplines.

SI is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by SI leaders; students who have previously done well in the course and who attend many class lectures, take notes, and help students meet the expectations for the course.

Research validated by the U.S. Department of Education shows that students who participate in SI earn higher final course grades, withdraw at a lower rate, and also persist at a higher rate than students who do not attend SI.

Spring 2014 SI Schedule [pdf]

Faculty: SI is most successful when the supporting faculty member is passionate about the program. If you are an instructor that would be interested in having SI support your course, please let us know and we will make every effort to make that possible.

Still have questions about SI? Please call or email Tiffany in the POWER Center at 701-858-4044 or tiffany.fylling@minotstateu.edu.