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
- Construction Management
- Political Science
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.
Learn about SI
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.
Summer 2019 SI ScheduleTo view the Spring 2019 Supplemental Instruction schedule, click here.
KSU’s Supplemental Instruction program employs approximately 60 SI Leaders, supporting over 100 sections of difficult courses on both campuses at KSU. SI Leaders are successful students who are trained to plan and facilitate regularly scheduled study sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, predict test items and develop strategies for effective organization and learning.
SI Leader Qualifications:
- Enrolled in at least six credit hours at Kennesaw State University
- Have completed the SI course with an A in a previous semester
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher
- Possess excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Able to provide a faculty recommendation
SI Leader Responsibilties:
- Attend and participate both days of mandatory New SI Leader training. (The training for fall 2019 is scheduled for August 15 and 16, 10 AM-4:30 PM.)
- Attend all class meetings for the assigned SI course and read assigned materials
- Plan and facilitate two to three SI study sessions per week throughout the semester
- Promote SI sessions during class
- Track attendance at all SI sessions
- Meet with course professor on a regular basis
- Meet with SI mentors and coordinators, as scheduled.
- Ensure that surveys, assessments, and reports are distributed, collected, and/or completed
- Role model effective behavior of successful students
- Maintain a professional attitude at all times
- Commit to working approximately 10 hours per week throughout the semester. Here is an example of a typical SI Leader work week:
- Attend lecture = 3 hours
- Facilitate SI sessions = 3 hours
- Plan and prepare for SI sessions = 2 hours
- Participate in SI meetings and trainings (one-on-one meetings, mentor meetings, trainings, etc.) = 2 hours
SI leaders earn $10 per hour
Apply Here: https://tinyurl.com/SILEApplication
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.”
Cathy Bradford, Coordinator
Kennesaw Campus, Sturgis Library, Room 427
April Braxton, Administrative Associate II
Marietta Campus, Norton Hall, Room 156