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Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction (SI), created at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by “SI leaders,” students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.

Goals of Supplemental Instruction


  • To improve student grades 
  • To increase student retention 
  • To increase graduation rates


 What students are saying about SI:

"SI has been extremely helpful! It has helped me understand the topics so much better."

"My SI leader is awesome. She not only answers questions about information retaining to class but any questions in general to help us as lower classmen. She explains things in ways that make it easier to understand."

"I would not be doing nearly as well as I am without her sessions."

"I am amazed at what a difference it made in understanding the material. My leader was very helpful and kind. I will take advantage of SI sessions for every future course that offers them."

"Amazing leader helped me so much with finding ways to understand and study the information!"