Open Group Tutoring is sometimes called "Supplemental Instruction" or "SI." It is a form of tutoring in which the SI leader (tutor) assists study sessions. SI leaders are usually students who have already successfully completed the course. SI leaders attend class lectures, take notes, and offer 3 to 5 hours of regularly scheduled out-of-class review sessions.
During these sessions, students can collaboratively review notes, discuss readings, develop study skills, and prepare for exams. SI leaders are a valuable help in breaking down and simplifying complex information learned in class. Participation is voluntary and open to all students in the course.
Research shows that students who regularly attend weekly SI sessions receive final grades 1/2-1 full grade higher than students who do not attend. SI attendees also re-enroll at a higher rate than non-SI participants. The SI sessions are free, informal and fun ways to save time studying.
What is Group Tutoring?
Each semester, Tutoring Services offers many SI sessions for a variety of courses. SI targets classes which are traditionally difficult and challenging for most students.
Want to take advantage of SI sessions? Simply follow the links located on this web page. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, or our phone app. Printed schedules of SI sessions also are available in Room C201 at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus.
See schedules for Walk-in and Open Group (SI) Study Sessions.
FAQ for Faculty
Faculty can learn more about Open Group Tutoring, often called "Supplemental Instruction" or "SI":
The Value of Open Group Tutoring (SI)
Open Group Tutoring (also called "Supplemental Instruction" or "SI") gives students the opportunity to be actively involved in their own learning. SI is a form of peer-guided tutoring developed to improve student performance, success, and retention. It targets traditionally difficult courses in which students have often failed, earned poor grades, or dropped out. Students who regularly attend SI sessions have been shown to do better on tests, earn 1/2-1 grade higher, and re-enroll at a higher rate than non-SI participants. Attendance is voluntary.
Each SI session is led by an SI leader – usually a student-peer who has already taken the course and has thorough knowledge of the course's structure and content. The SI leader attends class with the other students to anticipate questions and problems.
SI leaders are a valuable help in breaking down and simplifying complex information students have learned in class. The SI leader helps students develop study habits for successful completion of the course.
SI sessions are a place where students can feel comfortable asking questions. SI sessions provide an opportunity for students to compare notes with classmates, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying, and prepare for tests collaboratively.
The Open Group Tutoring (SI) study sessions are a free, informal and fun way to save time studying, get homework done, and improve scholastic performance and success.
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How to Be an SI Leader
Open Group Tutoring ("Supplemental Instruction" or "SI") is a form of peer-guided tutoring developed to improve student performance, success and retention. It targets traditionally difficult courses in which students have often failed, earned poor grades or dropped out.
Research shows that students who regularly attend weekly SI sessions receive final grades 1/2-1 full grade higher than students who do not attend. SI attendees also re-enroll at a higher rate than non-SI participants.
As an SI leader, you would:
- attend a two-day training session before the beginning of each semester
- schedule three or more SI sessions per week
- attend class with the students, take notes, and act as a model student
- establish a rapport with the instructor and the students
During SI sessions, your role would be to:
- create an active learning environment for students
- integrate how to learn (study skills) with what to learn (content)
- facilitate discussion among SI participants
- help in breaking down and simplifying complex information learned in class
To be an SI leader, you must:
- have earned at least a "B" in the chosen course
- have a cumulative 2.5 GPA
- be available at least nine hours per week (This time is usually before, after and during the chosen class.) A flexible schedule is helpful.
Your role as an SI leader is an important and valuable one. As an SI leader, you are provided with an opportunity to re-learn the information in a fresh way, increase your critical thinking skills, and utilize strategies to simplify and categorize information.
Find out more about how you can take advantage of the opportunity to be an SI leader by following the link located on this web page.
To apply to be a Tutor or an SI Leader, click here.
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