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Supplemental Instruction

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free academic enrichment program designed to help you succeed in historically difficult courses.

SI is not a remedial academic program and doesn’t necessarily target high-risk students.

How does SI work?

SI Student Leaders—students who have previously done well in a course—act as role models in peer-assisted study sessions. SI Student Leaders:

  • Are trained
  • Work with specified faculty
  • Attend all class lectures
  • Take notes

SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which you:

  • Compare notes
  • Discuss readings
  • Develop organizational tools
  • Predict test items with SI Leaders
  • Learn how to learn while learning what to learn

What are the Differences between SI and Peer-Tutoring?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Peer-tutoring (PT)
1 SI Leader works with a group of students. 1 Peer Tutor works with 1 student at a time.
The SI Leader attends a section of the course or lab. The Peer Tutor is not required to attend a section of the course.
The SI Leader works with a specified faculty member. The Peer Tutor is not associated with 1 designated faculty member.
The SI Leader works with and is supervised by an SI Coordinator. The Peer Tutor reports to a learning lab manager.
SI Leader training is more intense and long term. Peer Tutor training typically requires half a day. 

Why should I choose SI?

The main benefit for joining SI is higher average grades.

Students who participate in SI earn, on average, 1 letter grade higher than students who do not participate.

SI also prepares you for success in future courses by teaching you the study skills you need to finish your education at the top of your game.

SI Study Session Information

We offer SI for a wide range of courses.

Contact your campus SI Coordinator for a complete list of courses and study session information. You can also check WebAdvisor for complete course information.

Courses Supported by SI

Each campus offers a variety of courses supported by Supplemental Instruction. Make sure the section you select in WebAdvisor is labeled as supported by SI.

Common courses supported on all campuses include:

  • BIOL-1406 Biology for Science Majors I
  • BIOL-2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL-2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • CHEM-1411 General Chemistry I
  • GOVT-2305 Federal Government
  • MATH-0361 Developmental Math I
  • MATH-0362 Intermediate Algebra
  • MATH-1314 College Algebra

How do I become an SI Leader?

You may apply to be an SI Leader if you:

  • Completed a targeted course with at least a B+ (88%) final grade
  • Earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Are outgoing and a natural leader among your peers

Apply by completing an employment application at TCC Job Opportunities. Search using the keywords “supplemental instruction.”

Updated May 01, 2017