Supplemental Instruction Program

Logo says Sonoma State University Supplemental Instruction and Stretch Math Learning Communities. There is an image of four interlocking puzzle pieces.

SSU’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program is a FREE academic support program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions to increase student success in historically difficult courses. The goal of SI is to foster collaborative learning and help students connect “what” to learn with “how” to learn. 

SI sessions are weekly, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by an SI Leader, a faculty-recommended student who has already mastered the course material and is trained to facilitate collaborative group learning. SI Leaders attend lectures, take notes, model successful student behavior, and plan weekly study sessions. 

  • SI is open to all students in the class who want to enhance their understanding of the course material and improve their grade; it is not remedial. 
  • SI targets high-risk courses rather than high-risk students.
  • SI is active learning in small groups; led by an SI leader, it is not lecture or study-group tutoring. 
  • SI research shows one-hour of an SI Session is as effective as 2 ½ hours of personal study time and that students who consistently attend SI tend to earn higher course grades. 

Learning Communities, a pilot program in conjunction with the math department, focus on providing support for stretch (year long) math courses. Just like SI Leaders, Learning Community Mentors attend lectures, take notes, model successful student behavior, and plan weekly study sessions. Unlike SI sessions, these sessions are built into the structure of the class, and are therefore mandatory. Learning Community Mentors, or LCMs, are also faculty-recommended students who have already mastered the course material and are trained in collaborative group learning techniques. Students attending these sessions benefit in the same way as students attending SI sessions.

SI/LC session list

For the Fall 2021 semester, SI sessions will primarily be offered via Zoom. Please contact your SI Leader or visit your course’s canvas page for further information. Most of our LC sessions are in person. You can view session days and times for both Supplemental Instruction and Learning Communities on our Fall 2021 Tutorial, SI & LC course support list.


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