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Supplemental Instruction Program

What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades.

Attendance at sessions is voluntary. For you the student, it’s a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, to develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test yourselves before your professor does. That way, when it’s exam time, you’ll be ready. At each session you will be guided through this material by your SI leader, a competent student who has previously taken the course.

If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you’ll earn a better grade. You’ll have developed a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. This will help you in other classes also.

SI at SDSU is provided by the Wintrode Tutoring Program. SI is offered for the following courses:

  • Accounting 210
  • Biology 101, 151, 153, 221, 325
  • Chemistry 106, 108, 112, 112 lab, 114, 114 lab, 326, 328
  • Microbiology 231

Check out the Semester SI Schedule to the right or on MyState.

What’s an SI leader?

Have you ever wished you could do something over, knowing what you know now? SI leaders are prepared to share with you what they have learned over the years about how to study. They know the course content and are excited to help guide you through it. They’ll be in class with you every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read. What they don’t do is lecture; their job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all together during the SI review sessions. SI can help you learn course material more effectively and more efficiently.

Are you interested in becoming an SI Leader?

For a detailed description of what is involved in becoming an SI Leader, see the SI Leader Job Description. The application process is simple. Just fill out the application, and distribute two recommendation forms to faculty. One of the recommendation forms should be sent to a faculty member who teaches in the subject area you are interested in leading SI in. Turn in the application at the Wintrode Student Success Center or the TRiO SSS office in Larson Commons, and have the faculty return the recommendation forms directly to the program coordinators.