Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction

What is Supplemental Instruction?

  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a trademarked method of delivering academic support to students through a “collaborative learning environment.”
  • SI serves historically challenging gatekeeper courses.
  • SI offers several 1 – 1½ hour sessions per week, facilitated by a student leader who attends classes with the students. These sessions target study skills, collaborative exercises and integration of course concepts without “re-lecturing” the material.
  • SI targets the subjects and not the students.
  • SI is voluntarily attended and is not a course requirement.

What do Supplemental Instruction Leaders do?

  • Attend class with students.
  • Don’t lecture: they enhance, but not duplicate the classroom experience.
  • Help students to develop study strategies and self-evaluate their progress.
  • Provide opportunities for students to test their knowledge of course material.
  • Provide an environment for students to actively engage in learning.

How is Supplemental Instruction different from Tutoring?

At NJCU, tutoring is available by appointment as well as walk-in services in academic departments, the Writing Center, and the Center for Student Success. Tutoring sessions are student-directed; tutors provide explanations to students’ questions. Supplemental Instruction is SI Leader directed; with regularly scheduled sessions that include structured collaborative learning activities. Students may benefit from both tutoring and participation in SI sessions.