What is Supplemental Instruction?

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Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a co-curricular academic support model that uses peer facilitation to pair how to learn with what to learn. SI is a non-remedial approach available to all students enrolled in selected courses to drop into weekly peer-facilitated study sessions that focus on developing academic skills in the context of these courses. The sessions are facilitated by upper year students who have previously been successful in the course and are trained in collaborative and active learning strategies. SI targets “at-risk” courses, courses that are traditionally difficult as they may be first or second year pre-requisite courses and courses with high enrollment. 

For additional information about the SI model, please visit the International Center for Supplemental Instruction's website

At UTM, the Facilitated Study Group (FSG) Program uses the SI model and personalizes it for the UTM community and context.