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Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is an academic program that targets historically difficult courses to provide assistance with regularly scheduled, out-of-class, study sessions. These study sessions are facilitated by trained student leaders who in a previous semester showed mastery of that course material. Assistance begins during the first week of class and is open to all students in the course. Data kept at both Gordon State and the International center for SI in Kansas City shows that students who regularly attend and participate in SI sessions enjoy pass rates up to 60% higher than their classmates who do not attend SI.

What is SI? Video

Video from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction (University of Missouri-Kansas City)

The SI Motto


"Tell me, and I’ll forget; show me, and I may remember; involve me, and I understand."


Why SI?

SI works! The graphs below compare SI participants' performance to non-participants' performance.

Pass Rate (Fall 2012)

Sample data for the Pass Rate in Fall 2012 of students who used Supplemental Instruction compared to those that did not

  HIST 1122 BIOL 1107
SI participants' 80% 68.1%
Non-participants' 47% 52%

Average Class Grade (Fall 2012)

Sample data for the average class grade in Fall 2012 of students who used Supplemental Instruction compared to those that did not

  HIST 1122 BIOL 1107
SI participants' 2.62 2.35
Non-participants' 2.00 1.48

Meet the SI Leaders!

Peter Higgins (Supervisor)                             
Peter Higgins (Supervisor)                       Sophia Queen:  History                         Riley Fuller:  Biology