I see “SI” on my schedule. What does it mean?
It means that someone is in class with you who has already taken the class and did very well. We call that person an SI Leader. Your SI Leader will hold SI Sessions (like group study sessions) twice a week for anyone enrolled in that course. You can also meet with your SI Leader during their office hour.
Do I have to go to SI?
SI is not mandatory. Know that our statistics show that attending five or more sessions has a very positive impact on your grade in the course.
If I go to an SI Session, what can I expect?
When you arrive at SI, your SI Leader will ask you to sign in. This is to help us gauge our program effectiveness only. We do not share this information with SI Instructors/Professors.
Your SI Leader has created a plan for the study session that they will follow. The SI Leader’s plan was created based off of their experience in the course and feedback from the instructor. The SI Leader will not re-lecture. Instead, the SI Leader will lead participants through activities that allow participants to learn the material on a deeper level.
Does going to SI help?
Going to SI definitely helps! Our statistics show that attending five or more sessions has a very positive impact on your grade in the course.
What if I am late to an SI Session?
It is not a problem! If you cannot make it on time, get there when you can.
How do I know who my SI Leader is?
You can visit, this link to find out who your SI Leader is: Link. You can look for your SI Leader in class. They wear an SI shirt with an SI nametag to each class.
Why do students need to sign in at SI Sessions?
Throughout the semester, we check to see how the grades of those who attend SI differ from those that do not. We use this information to make adjustments to our program so that we are providing the best service to students. We do not share this information with SI Instructors/Professors.
Do I get extra credit for attending SI Sessions?
You do not get extra credit, but there are definitely extra benefits that you receive by attending SI (better grades, get to know people in your class, study with others, etc.).
Can I still attend SI if my class doesn’t have SI next to it?
You are welcome to attend SI even if your course does not have SI. Know that SI is effective because our SI Leaders stay with the pace of the course that they are assigned and meet with the instructor/professor regularly.
Is SI the same as tutoring?
SI is similar to tutoring in that it helps you understand course material. In tutoring, students bring questions and tutors provide answers. In SI, students attend SI Sessions and SI Leaders lead students through activities that help them understand course content.