Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a national, peer facilitated academic support program that targets historically difficult courses to improve student performance and retention by offering regularly scheduled, out-of-class study review sessions.
NKU's SI program began in the Fall of 1999. SI study sessions are free and voluntary to students enrolled in the targeted courses (see SI course schedule), and are facilitated by students (SI leaders) who have taken the course before and received an A or B.
The goals of the program are to
Improve student grades in a targeted course.
Produce higher final course grades, and overall.
Improve student learning.
In the study sessions, SI students will integrate what to learn with how to learn by applying appropriate learning strategies such as problem solving, flash card games, and other course content games, and graphic organizational skills integrated within the targeted course content. SI students will also take mock exams and learn other test taking strategies while learning course content. SI sessions are active, productive and socially engaging.
SI goes Virtual with Wimba Study Sessions!
Beginning Fall 2009, SI began using Wimba Virtual Classroom technology to facilitate its study review sessions for Bio 209-Web course.
Unlike our traditional face-to-face study sessions, SI participants virtually interact with their SI leader via their computer, headset and microphone from any remote location. Three to four hours will be dedicated to virtual on-line study sessions, and our traditional SI face-to-face study sessions in classrooms on NKU's main campus.
SI maintains its key elements of a peer collaborative and active learning environment while holding onto our goals to improve student grades, and student learning through the application of learning and study strategies, and reducing the D, W, and F grades in high drop out courses.