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Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. 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 Supplemental Instruction leaders, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.


  1. To increase retention within targeted historically difficult courses
  2. To improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses
  3. To increase the graduation rates of students  

Supplemental Instruction is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. The program is a non-remedial approach to learning and targets high-risk courses rather than high-risk students. All students are encouraged to attend supplemental instruction sessions, as it is a voluntary program. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness and diverse ethnicities participate. There is no remedial stigma attached to the program since it targets high-risk courses rather than high-risk students.  

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