What is Supplemental Instruction?

“Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a peer-led academic assistance program that targets traditionally difficult courses and is offered to all students enrolled in the supported classes. The peer-led sessions are held regularly in an informal seminar during which students compare notes, discuss readings and concepts, clarify issues of confusion, and solve complex problems.

The continual practice of these strategies within the session creates deeper engagement with and enhanced learning of the material. Students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills are further developed through this small-group approach to learning. Students begin to develop their own learning strategies through the guidance of an SI leader—a student who has already been successful in the class and was recommended by the course instructor.”

(University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2004)

Benefits of Supplemental Instruction

Improved Grades: Taking steps to improve your academic performance can help increase your grades in the SI subject areas, and your overall GPA

Comfortable Learning Environment: You may find it easier to ask your peers, who are at an equal or similar level to you, about challenging concepts in your subject area

Improve Confidence in a Subject Area As you improve in the subject area, the perceptions you have surrounding your abilities in it may change.

Become a more Independent Learner: By voluntarily participating in the SI program you are taking control over your learning. Also, you will gain effective study skills to help you become a more independent learner

Gain Transferable Skills: The study skills you develop in SI sessions will help you in the SI subject area and your other courses

Contribute Your Knowledge: You are always welcome to contribute your knowledge in the subject area; participating in this way can help boost your confidence and help others in the group

Meet Other Students in Your Class: This social element of SI is helpful for forming future study groups and lasting friendships

For more information, please contact:

James Jollymore, B. Sc., B. Ed., M. Ed.

Learning Strategist, Student Success Coordinator, and Supplemental Instruction Supervisor

Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success

Seton Academic Centre, Room 346
166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS

902-457-6358
James.Jollymore1@msvu.ca