UHD Supplemental Instruction Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Supplemental Instruction Program at UHD is to improve student comprehension, content mastery, and critical thinking skills through collaborative, peer-facilitated group study sessions. Our goal is to improve the individual performance of undergraduate students in order to create a positive impact on institutional retention and graduation rates.
Supplemental Instruction Program History
Supplemental Instruction (SI) was developed by Deanna C. Martin, Ph.D., at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973. Since its creation, SI has become a recognized academic support program utilized by many universities world-wide.
The International Center for Supplemental Instruction continues to grow and operate at UMKC. SI targets historically difficult courses and aims to help students in those targeted courses. It is based on a non-remedial approach to learning enrichment that increases student performance and retention. Students who actively participate with SI learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills.
In the year 2000, the University of Houston-Downtown created its own SI program using the traditional SI model. Since its inception, the SI program at UHD has grown significantly in size and scope throughout the years.
Fall 2019 S.I. Leader Cohort (Click for full version)
How does SI help students?
Studies show that those who participate in study groups are more likely to succeed academically than those who do not participate in study groups. SI study sessions are facilitated by SI leaders and consist of informal groups in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and prepare for exams. SI Leaders offer weekly, outside-of-class study sessions to all students enrolled in a targeted course.
Fall 2016: SI Leader Stephaine Ibe leads a BIOL 1301 study session.
Fall 2016: SI Leader Courtney Stevens holds a HIST 1305 exam review.
Fall 2016: SI Leader Lily Meja leads a CHEM 1307 exam review.
What is an SI Leader?
An SI Leader for a targeted course is a current UHD student who has successfully completed the targeted SI course in their academic career. SI leaders serve as model students for their classmates by attending all class lectures and demonstrating the smart study skills that has helped them succeed. Outside of class, SI Leaders conduct group study sessions for UHD students and create exam reviews for their assigned classes. Most sessions will be held in S-405. Session times change every semester. See the current brochure for session days and times for your courses.
Can I attend a session if I do not have an SI Leader in my class?
YES! Each semester a new schedule of SI sessions is posted to the SI website. The schedule will reflect session days/times for current courses in which there is an SI Leader. All sessions are
no appointment is required to attend a session. If you don't see your course, give us a call or swing by the
Learning Connection in S-405 and ask the front desk attendant about possible alternative options.
Spring 2017: MATH 1302 SI Leader Kaleab Teka and MATH 1301 SI Leader Zia Rehman hold concurrent final exam reviews with their students.