What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) study sessions help you succeed in historically difficult courses.

SI study sessions are:

  • Free!

  • Open to all students

  • Collaborative

  • Informal

  • Regularly scheduled

  • Facilitated by peers who have done well in the course

  • Completely voluntary

What will I do during an SI session?
During a session, you might:
  • Compare class notes
  • Discuss important concepts 
  • Practice problem solving
  • Develop organizational tools
  • Test yourself before the professor does
  • Share successful study strategies
  • Engage in fun review games
  • Ask questions!
What does an SI leader do?
SI leaders:
  • Create session plans which structure SI study sessions so they are efficient and focused on the most important and difficult material
  • Help you learn how to learn effectively in specific courses and disciplines using strategies that will help you in all future classes.
  • Attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students
How do we know SI works?

Students who attend SI earn higher grades on average than those who don't attend.

Recent UM-Dearborn data:

  • In Behavioral Sciences, regular SI attendees' final course grades were ½ to one full grade higher than non-attendees. 
  • In Natural Sciences, 96% of students who regularly attended SI earned a grade of C or better, compared to 83% of non-attendees.
Which classes have SI sessions and when/where are the sessions held?

See the Schedule of SI Sessions in Behavioral and Natural Sciences for a list of classes that are currently supported with SI.

SI is also offered in a number of courses in the College of Business and in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.

How do I become an SI leader?

Apply to become a Natural Sciences SI leader by filling out our online application

To apply to become an SI leader in Behavioral Sciences; Social Sciences; Literature, Philosophy and the Arts and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services by e-mailing your interest to SI-BehSci@umich.edu 

What attendees say about SI and their leaders!

“SI was helpful because it taught me to organize the information we learned in lectures in a way that made more sense to me.”


“Nic was just awesome at discovering where we needed help, and then helping us, AND was very warm and encouraging and very kind. I never felt dumb for asking a question or giving a wrong answer. My grades got better in no small part because of SI!”


“One aspect that I really appreciated was that they were willing to push us to really learn and understand the material so that we weren't just learning it for the sake of a single question, but could rather apply it to other concepts in the course as well.... Another useful aspect of these specific SI leaders was that they gave you tips about studying/UM-Dearborn that you could apply to almost any class, which really helped me in other subjects as well.”


“I was afraid I was going to do bad in this class or even fail it, but SI helped so much I actually got a great grade!”


“I'm an A student but SI helped me understand the material in more depth and when I was helping others. It helped me realize what I needed to know well enough to explain to others so they could understand it too and so I could do better on my tests.”

- SI Survey Responses


Director of Academic Success

Jess LaGrange

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