What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized academic support program. SI is a voluntary program that offers free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are facilitated by SI Leaders who are undergraduate students who have previously taken the course and demonstrated academic competency in the subject area. Each SI Leader facilitates at least three 50-minute sessions per week using collaborative learning methods.

SI sessions are offered for more than 30 courses. Specific information can be found on the SI schedule.

Why SI?

Students who participate in SI:

  • Learn how to learn while learning what to learn.
  • Work collaboratively with peer students in a facilitated environment.
  • Receive support from a trained, educated SI Leader.

Our data suggests that the more often students attend, the higher their final grades will be in the course. We recommend attending SI at least once per week.

SI Leaders

SI Leaders are current ISU undergraduate students who have successfully completed the course or related coursework. All Leaders are supervised by trained professional staff members in the Academic Success Center. SI Leaders facilitate and encourage group learning of course material rather than act as authority figures who lecture to participants.

Become an SI Leader

We are currently hiring SI Leaders for the following courses: BIOL 212 (MWF 1:10 - 2:00pm) & PHYS 221 (MWF 9:00am-9:50am).  Applicants must be available to attend fall 2018 lectures during the days/times listed in parenthesis after each course. Applicants who are interested and available for the listed courses can click here learn more!

Contact Us

If you have a question regarding Supplemental Instruction, please call our office (515-294-6624), e-mail sistaff@iastate.edu, or contact our staff directly.

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