SI Info for Students
What is SI?
A series of regularly scheduled review/study sessions for students taking historically difficult courses led by students (SI Leaders) who have already taken the course and done well. It is free and voluntary.
Why should students attend?
- Get higher grades
- Stress less
- Network with peers
- Fun, interactive learning environment
- Graduate on time!
What happens in a SI session?
- Discuss material covered in class
- Solve practice problems
- Compare notes
- Learn how to organize your time
- Learn study techniques
- Make friends
- SI targets classes that historically have had high withdrawal rates and high percentage of Ds and Fs.
- Students who take advantage of SI usually earn one half to one full letter grade better than students who do not.
Who can benefit?
Everyone – strong, struggling or in the middle – can benefit from SI.
To put all this another way:
SI can give students weekends without studying IF utilized properly.
SI participants’ comments about SI Sessions:
What did they learn from SI sessions?
- “Learned easier ways to understand concept”
- “90% of the material in the course”
- “Strategies useful for test-taking”
- “Learned better studying habits”
What did SI Leaders do best for students?
- “Showed quick ways to solve problems”
- “Breaks down complex topics”
- “Gives out worksheets and handouts”
- “Made things simple and easy”
- “Answered every question in detail”
- “Hire more SI Leaders like her. She knows it's not about making us understand how much they know, but understand how much we are capable of knowing”
- “Continue to help”
- “Make sessions longer"