Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized academic success program. SI is a voluntary program that offers free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are lead by current Wartburg undergraduate students who have successfully completed the course.
The SI leader will facilitate activities to help you better understand the course material and how to study smarter. You will compare notes with other students, get organized, and predict and prepare for test questions. The leader attends all class lectures and takes notes, so you can be sure that your leader knows what’s going on in your class and is working with the professor. The sessions are informal, and you can attend as many sessions as you like. Research indicates that students who participate at least three times during a term average one-half to one full letter grade higher and withdraw less than non-SI participants.
While we would like to offer SI for every course that is requested, we are unfortunately limited to how many courses we can support. To accommodate these requests, we have a set criteria that we adhere to when deciding to support a new course. This criteria includes:
One thing to note: An SI Leader’s job is to help students and not necessarily to help a professor with a course that has a heavy work load or is in high demand. Their primary job is to create opportunities for students to learn the course material through group work and creative session strategies in an informal environment. Please keep in mind the needs of the course when considering a request for SI support. If you are interested in requesting a SI Leader for your course, please contact the SI Supervisor.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are offered ONLY with the support of the course’s instructor The following is expected of the faculty member in support of SI sessions for their course:
SI Leader’s SHOULD:
SI Leaders SHOULD NOT:
If faculty EVER have any concerns about their SI Leaders’ performance of their duties, please contact the SI Supervisor immediately.