Faculty and Staff Resources
Instructors are an essential component of the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program here at Baylor; therefore, we want to inform you as best we can about what SI entails. Supplemental Instruction Leaders are not Teaching Assistants. The success of the SI program relies heavily on the support of faculty across all colleges. We are here to support you and your students. Faculty should feel comfortable reaching out to the SI Coordinators with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Key Elements of Supplemental Instruction (SI)
- SI identifies traditionally difficult academic courses rather than high-risk students; SI is not a remedial academic program.
- SI provides an opportunity for students to learn how to learn while learning what to learn.
- Participation in SI is voluntary, free, and open to all students in the course. There is no attendance policy.
- SI Leader attends all lectures for the targeted course.
- SI Leaders are trained in group facilitation methods, student learning theory, and study techniques.
- The SI program is supervised by trained professional staff members.
- SI sessions begin the 2nd week of classes.
- SI Leaders encourage the group to process the material. SI Leaders are not considered experts in the subjects, and they do not re-lecture to attendees.
SI Description for Syllabi
You may copy and paste this description into your syllabus:
"Supplemental Instruction (SI) is available for this course. These regularly scheduled sessions follow the current course material and are open to anyone enrolled in this course. Attendance at these sessions is voluntary but extremely beneficial for those who attend weekly (Baylor students who attend SI earn, on average, half a letter grade higher than those who do not attend SI). Sessions provide a collaborative forum for students to complete SI worksheets, demonstrate and discuss pertinent problems and concepts, and share study and test-taking strategies. Students are asked to arrive on time if they can, check in via Navigate, and come prepared with lecture notes and questions for these informal, peer-led study sessions. The SI Leader Participation Guideline can be found on the Baylor SI Website. "