Supplemental Instruction

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What Is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction is an active, collaborative approach to learning that supports students by integrating “what to learn” with “how to learn.” SI consists of regularly scheduled, voluntary sessions outside of class, which are facilitated by trained peer leaders who utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer interaction in small groups.

Why SI at Bowie?

Students at Bowie have reported that they learn better in small study groups rather than studying independently. SI study sessions are informal group sessions in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and prepare for exams. Students who attend SI sessions regularly throughout the semester earn on average a half to a full letter grade higher than those who attend no sessions.

SI sessions give students these opportunities:

  • Improve understanding of important concepts
  • Compare notes
  • Get to know classmates and build community
  • Develop study and learning strategies
  • Test yourself before the professor does

SI sessions start the first or second week of class. Each SI leader typically sets up one to two review sessions per week. SI sessions are free. Students are encouraged to as many as they'd like; however, statistics show that the more students attend, the better their grades.

Participation guidelines for students attending SI sessions (pdf)