Welcome to Supplemental Instruction at Kennesaw State University!

KSU students wanting to succeed in difficult courses can get help from Supplemental Instruction (SI) through weekly study sessions. All sessions are free to students. We currently offer help in the following courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics 
  • Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Mathematics

Our mission is to provide an environment that increases the learning and retention of all students enrolled in courses supported by the SI program. Our program consists of SI leaders (students who are academic facilitators) who can help you develop the thinking and reasoning skills necessary to succeed in historically difficult courses. SI leaders are empathetic listeners, resource guides, and most of all, supportive peers.

If you have any questions, please contact the Nancy Burney at nburney@kennesaw.edu

  • What is SI?

    SI, or Supplemental Instruction, is a program that offers FREE weekly sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. SI provides a chance for you to get together with people in your class to compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test yourselves before your professor does, so that when he/she does, you'll be ready. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades.

    What is the Purpose of SI?

    • To help students in “historically” difficult classes master course content while they develop and learn study strategies
    • To target “historically” difficult courses rather than “at risk” students
    • To integrate “what to learn” with “how to learn”

    What Are SI Leaders?

    SI leaders are students themselves who have taken the class before and earned a high grade. They are prepared to share with you what they have learned about how to study effectively for this course. They know the course content and are excited to help guide you through it. They'll also be in class with you every day, taking notes and listening closely to the professor.

    The SI leader is a facilitator, not a mini-professor. The role of the leader is to provide structure to the study session, not to re-lecture or introduce new material. The SI leader is a “model student” who shows how successful students think about and process the course content.

    What Does an SI Session Look Like?

    At each session you will be guided through course concepts by your SI leader. Your leader will not re-lecture or give you his/her class notes. Your leader will not do your homework or your thinking for you. Your leader will help you make good use of your study time. Your leader will share with you the strategies he/she used to be successful in the course. Your leader's job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all together into some kind of perspective during SI sessions so you can learn it more efficiently.

    What are the Goals of SI?

    • Enhance student learning
    • Improve student grades in targeted courses
    • Reduce the attrition rate within those courses
    • Increase eventual graduation rates of students
    • Increase student skills in comprehension, analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving
    • Integrate review of course content with study skills and learning strategies
    • Increase re-enrollment and persistence of participating students

    When do sessions start?

    SI sessions start the first or second week of classes. You will fill out a survey on the first day of class so that your leader can determine the best time to schedule sessions. The SI leader will look at the schedule and find times that work for you. SI sessions are not offered over the summer.

     

  • These are just a few of the comments students who attended the Supplemental Instruction sessions had about how mentoring made a difference for them. Please take a moment and read what they had to say.

    “He is very good at breaking down the material to make each part easier to grasp. He also has helpful resources to helps us when we still have questions.”

    “He knows the materials very well and is able convey that knowledge to us. He is very creative in his explanations of difficult concepts.”

    “Her SI session is lively and fun. She uses a variety of examples from real life situations and makes learning this more difficult material fun.”

    “Very personable, very knowledgeable, and very helpful. I feel he cares about his group of students learning. I am comfortable asking questions and getting help with material. I would highly recommend SI to any student!”

    “Our SI Leader encourages students to engage in learning the material, is enthusiastic, and helps us learn how to study for the tests.”

  • Nancy BurneyNancy Burney joined the faculty of Kennesaw State University in June, 2009 as a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She currently teaches Computer Applications of Statistics.

    She became involved with the Supplemental Instruction Program as a Supplemental Instruction Leader while pursuing her Masters of Science in Applied Statistics at Kennesaw State University. In her role as a Supplemental Instruction Leader, she observed how the peer-led sessions helped students become more self-confident in their mathematical abilities. She saw how the students helped each other and some even learned to enjoy mathematics. As a lecturer, she has utilized the Supplemental Instruction Program for all qualifying classes. The statistics that she keeps on her classes show that the program makes a difference. The mean grade on any given test will be, on average, ten points higher for the students attending the SI sessions.

    When presented with the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Coordinator for the Supplemental Instruction program in Fall 2010, she was pleased to know that she could bring her experience as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and as an instructor who has utilized the program to this position and help the already growing program continue to expand and flourish. In August 2014, she assumed the role of director for the SI program. The SI program seeks to help students achieve academic success. Since the pilot program in Spring 2006, the SI program has continued to grow. The students want to enroll in classes that participate in the SI program. Each semester, more professors express an interest in having an SI leader for their classes. Mrs. Burney says, “It is very rewarding to be a part of a program that helps students find success in courses that are historically difficult, having at least 30% D’s, F’s and W’s. The statistics demonstrate that the program is a success.”

    If you have any questions, you can contact Nancy Burney by phone at 470-578-4320 or by email at nburney@kennesaw.edu.

 

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