Supplemental Instruction

    What is Supplemental Instruction? 
    • Supplemental Instruction 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.