Learn more about Messiah's Supplemental Instruction Program!SI Video
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program that targets "high risk courses" rather than "high risk students." The university pays trained Supplemental Instruction Leaders to attend selected class lectures, take notes, read course material, then plan and conduct two review sessions outside of class each week. The SI review sessions are interactive and utilize a variety of collaborative learning techniques as the SI leader combines the methods of how-to-learn with the advice of what-to-learn. Students acquire effective study strategies as they review course material and prepare for tests using mock exams. The sessions are not remedial but benefit all who attend. Statistical data suggest that students who attend SI sessions earn 1/2 to a full letter grade higher than those who choose not to attend.
To provide accessible Supplemental Instruction for all Messiah students, both on and off campus, each SI session has a virtual link for students to participate if in-class attendance is full or unavailable. To access, consult your course Canvas site. Questions can be directed to your SI Leader or Kristin Runyon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Messiah's SI program has been offered every semester since the fall of 1994. It's considered to be an essential program, one that is held in high regard by administrators, the program director, SI Faculty, and SI Leaders as well as the many students who attend of their own volition and cannot imagine taking their course without SI support.
The SI Leaders are paid work study wages to attend class three times a week, prepare for and conduct SI sessions two nights a week and attend monthly staff meetings. Training is held in the fall prior to the beginning of the semester and recruiting new SI Leaders occurs each spring. Typically, an SI session has about 10 students in attendance, led by one highly trained, competent SI Leader, making this an extremely cost effective method of providing academic assistance.