Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are peer-facilitated, structured study sessions designed to help students in challenging “gateway” courses. In SI, students learn from experienced peers who have been successful in that subject and are recommended by a professor.
The student SI Leader for your class will make an announcement about SI and SI meeting times. Your professor can also help you with information about Supplemental Instruction.
Check with the SI Leader for your class or look for the flyers around campus with the SI schedule. Or call CSSE at 413.662.5314.
No, attending SI is completely voluntary. Then again, what do you have to lose?
Regular attendance at SI is linked to greater mastery of course material and higher course grades. It’s better if you can attend the entire 50-minute session – but do feel free to attend even if you can only attend for part of the session.
Being an SI Leader is a great opportunity to learn valuable skills and help other MCLA students. It is also a paid, on-campus position ($11/hour for about 5 hours/week). SI Leaders regularly attend the supported course, work with the professor, participate in workshops, and facilitate weekly SI sessions.
You are eligible to be an SI Leader if you have at least a 2.5 overall GPA and have shown strong academic performance in the targeted course.