Tutorial Services & Supplemental Instruction
What is Supplemental Instruction
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a method of academic support that has proven effective in improving student academic success in courses with traditionally high D, F, and withdrawal rates. Supplemental Instruction provides a means for organized group study outside of the traditional classroom and is lead by a student leader. Johnson and Johnson report: “Students who study in groups learn two and half times more than those who study alone if the groups are on task.” As an organized program, SI provides structure for the study group to remain on task.
Supplemental Instruction initiatives at Aims actively address issues regarding student learning, persistence and retention. Aims’ program is designed to provide academic support to courses which typically have historically high withdrawal and failure rates based on internal and external statistics.
Jennifer Naimark, MA
Center for Professional Development
Aims Community College