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Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free resource that offers peer-led, group study tables for challenging courses during fall, winter and spring terms. SI meets weeks 2-10 of the term for 50 minutes each week. Study tables are led by SI Leaders who are students who have taken and succeeded in the course in a past term, and they continue to attend lecture. Study tables differ from lectures in that they are highly interactive; students engage in a variety of learning activities to understand and master course concepts.
At SI, you can deepen your understanding of course concepts, participate in a supportive learning environment, and gain the skills and confidence you need to succeed in the course! Sometimes it can feel like everyone else in the class gets the material, but at SI, you'll see that your peers have many of the same questions that you do! You'll be able to talk through content that you feel confident in and through concepts that you want more clarity in. Lastly, we find that students who attend regularly earn 1/3 to 1/2 grade higher than students who do not attend SI.
SI is a bit different than traditional tutoring. The SI model focuses on collaboration in groups to create significant learning opportunities and keep things moving forward. At tables, we focus on major concepts of a course to ensure that you have a strong foundation in the important topics needed to understand what is happening in class. We also talk a lot about how to study effectively for the course, to make sure you are feeling confident in your ability to do well.
Some other things you might expect:
You can see the full list of courses that we are supporting each term at https://success.oregonstate.edu/si-registration
Online tables work very similar to in-person tables. Just like before, you will register for a table time, with 8-10 other people. The big difference will be that in the welcome email to your table, your SI Leader will send you out a join code for Zoom, which will remain the same throughout the entire term. You will use that code to access your SI Table. SI Leaders will work with each group to help them navigate any questions that come up during the SI session.