Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program that offers a series of weekly guided study sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. The SI model has been adopted and implemented at hundreds of universities all over the world, including Utah Valley University.

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SI Schedule

 

We are offering both face-to-face and online SI sessions during the Fall 2020 semester. All SI sessions will last for 50 minutes.

 

Select your course below to see a list of the SI sessions available for your professor. In-person SI sessions are indicated by the room number in which they will be held. To sign up for an in-person session, click the “In-Person Sign-Up” link for your course.

 

Remote SI sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams. To join an online session, click the “SI Team” link. This link will open Microsoft Teams and prompt you to join the SI Team for your course.


If you have any questions regarding the SI program, please contact Aubrey Ryan or Sara Lemmon.

ACC 2010

Professor: David Waite
SI Leader: Matt Ivester

Session Times

  • Monday 7:00-7:50 pm
  • Tuesday 4:00-4:50 pm
  • Wednesday 12:00-12:50 pm (LA 207)
  • Thursday 4:00-4:50 pm (LA 025)
SI Team In-person Sign-up

Professor: David Waite
SI Leader: Jenn Curtis

Session Times

  • Tuesday 9:00-9:50 am
  • Tuesday 10:00-10:50 am
  • Friday 10:00-10:50 am
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ASTR 1040

Professor: Chris Draper
SI Leader: Brianna Kunz

Session Times

  • Tuesday 1:00-1:50 pm
  • Wednesday 3:00-3:50 pm
  • Thursday 2:00-2:50 pm
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BESC 3010

Professor: Russell Warne
SI Leader: Makai Black

Session Times

  • Monday 9:00-9:50 am
  • Monday 2:00-2:50 pm
  • Tuesday 12:00-12:50 pm (CB 301)
  • Thursday 12:00-12:50 pm (CB 301)
SI Team In-person Sign-up

BIOL 1010

Professor: Ashley Egan
SI Leader: Jeremy Buhler

Session Times

  • Monday 1:00-1:50 pm
  • Wednesday 1:00-1:50 pm
  • Thursday 6:00-6:50 pm
  • Friday 9:00-9:50 am
SI Team

Professor: Sebastian Tauzin
SI Leader: Carlos Nunez

Session Times

  • Monday 11:00-11:50 am
  • Tuesday 7:00-7:50 pm
  • Wednesday 7:00-7:50 pm
  • Thursday 7:00-7:50 pm
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BIOL 1610

Professor: Mark Huynh
SI Leader: Aaron Kahng

Session Times

  • Monday 3:00-3:50 pm (SB 074)
  • Tuesday 2:00-2:50 pm
  • Thursday 12:00-12:50 pm (SB 074)
  • Friday 11:00-11:50 am
SI Team In-person Sign-up

Professor: Jessica Wagner
SI Leader: Grace Hanks

Session Times

  • Monday 3:00-3:50 pm
  • Tuesday 1:00-1:50 pm
  • Tuesday 6:30-7:20 pm
  • Friday 2:00-2:50 pm

SI Leader: Lark Andrus

Session Times

  • Tuesday 5:00-5:50 pm
  • Wednesday 2:00-2:50 pm
  • Saturday 9:00-9:50 am*

    *Saturday sessions are held on Zoom. Please contact Lark Andrus via the People tab for your course in Canvas for more information.

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CHEM 2310

Professor: Steve Chamberland
SI Leader: Brandon Buhler

Session Times

  • Monday 8:00-8:50 am
  • Tuesday 2:00-2:50 pm
  • Thursday 1:00-1:50 pm
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MGMT 2240

Professor: Lynn Adams
SI Leader: Norah Harman

Session Times

  • Monday 1:30-2:20 pm (WB 103)
  • Tuesday 2:30-3:20 pm
  • Thursday 2:30-3:20 pm
  • Friday 1:30-2:20 pm
SI Team In-person Sign-up

MGMT 2340

Professor: Ron Miller
SI Leader: Steven Carter

Session Times

  • Monday 10:00-10:50 am
  • Wednesday 9:00-9:50 am
  • Thursday 3:00-3:50 pm
SI Team In-person Sign-up

PSY 1010

Professor: Shauna Hiatt
SI Leader: Taylor Johnson

Session Times

  • Monday 6:00-6:50 pm
  • Tuesday 4:00-4:50 pm
  • Friday 3:00-3:50 pm
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PSY 2710

Professor: James Taylor
SI Leader: Danielle Munds

Session Times

  • Tuesday 10:00-10:50 am
  • Tuesday 3:00-3:50 pm
  • Wednesday 11:00-11:50 am
  • Thursday 4:00-4:50 pm
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ZOOL 2320

Professor: Summer Karafiath
SI Leader: Cheyanne Gates

Session Times

  • Monday 1:00-1:50 pm
  • Wednesday 2:00-2:50 pm
  • Friday 11:00-11:50 am (SB 074)
SI Team In-person Sign-up

Professor: Sara Flood
SI Leader: Trevor Millar

Session Times

  • Monday 7:00-7:50 pm
  • Tuesday 1:00-1:50 pm
  • Thursday 9:00-9:50 am
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ZOOL 2420

Professor: Mark Bracken
SI Leader: Sadie Johnson

Session Times

  • Monday 2:00-2:50 pm
  • Tuesday 2:00-2:50 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00-8:50 am
  • Friday 8:00-8:50 am
SI Team

Professor: Devin Taylor
SI Leader: Baylan Horrocks

Session Times

  • Monday 4:00-4:50 pm
  • Tuesday 2:00-2:50 pm (SB 074)
  • Wednesday 7:00-7:50 am
  • Thursday 6:00-6:50 pm
SI Team

Why Should I Visit Supplemental Instruction?

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Get help in historically difficult courses. The SI program does not target at-risk students, but instead targets classes where everyone could benefit from going to SI sessions.

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Engage in activities that reinforce the course material. SI leaders employ strategies and methods to create an empowering environment where students don’t just memorize material, but engage with it in new ways.

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Computer Science Lab

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Collaborate with classmates and create a network of support. Participating in SI sessions with your peers helps create a learning community that you can rely on in your future coursework.

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FAQ for Supplemental Instruction

 

Want to find out more about Supplemental Instruction? What to expect when you attend a session? How is SI different from a teaching assistant? Feel free to explore below or contact our SI coordinators Aubrey Ryan or Sara Lemmon if you have further questions. For questions about Supplemental Instruction in Math courses, please visit the Math Lab page or contact the Math Lab Director Nate James.

Q. What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program initially developed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973, and it has been used in universities all over the world. SI consists of weekly study sessions led by students who have previously taken the course and received a B or better in the course. SI Leaders attend class and meet with professors to ensure SI sessions cover the important course concepts, discuss readings, and develop test prep strategies.

Q. How much do Supplemental Instruction sessions cost?

They're free. In fact, all our services are free. It’s as simple as that.

Q. What courses are supported by SI?

Generally speaking, the SI program is a target support program aimed at high-fail courses. At UVU, we also consider the course enrollment as well as potential boost to persistence and graduation rates. Each semester, SI leaders are assigned to work with specific classes based on the SI leader’s content knowledge (they must have earned at least a B in the course) and personal schedule (they must be able to attend the targeted class). To see if your course is supported by an SI leader, visit our SI schedule page.

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Q.  What do SI leaders do?

The primary responsibilities of SI Leaders are to attend the targeted class in order to understand their assigned professor’s particular goals and to hold study sessions for students that align with those goals. Typically, SI leaders hold 3-4 regularly scheduled sessions where they guide students through exercises that emphasize and reinforce important concepts covered in class. SI leaders are also added to Canvas courses so that they can advertise sessions with announcements and upload study materials that they have introduced in their SI sessions.

Q.  What don’t SI leaders do?

The SI program is focused on helping students learn material, but SI sessions should never be an alternative to class time. SI sessions are not mini-lectures, and SI leaders are specifically taught to avoid re-lecturing in their sessions. Instead they are trained to guide and facilitate student collaboration as a way of helping students review material as a group. Additionally, SI leaders should not be confused with teaching assistants since SI leaders aren’t responsible for grading assignments or entering grades.

Q. Can I be an SI leader?

Absolutely you can. Each position has slightly different requirements, but generally speaking each position will require a resume, cover letter, and a tentative schedule. You will also need an idea of which courses you would lead SI sessions for. Other materials like transcripts, professor recommendations, and course preferences are recommended but not required.

Q.  I’m a professor and want SI in my course—what do I do?

First, thank you for your interest in our program. We appreciate your support and would love to help where we can. With that said, we do have a few requests for the faculty we support.

The first request is that you be aware of the time commitment. The SI program is not intended to create additional work for faculty, but we do encourage our SI leaders and professors to communicate regularly so that sessions are focused on the content that is most difficult for students to learn. We also ask that you allow your SI leader to make occasional in-class announcements and encourage students to take advantage of SI as a resource.

Our next request is that you are mindful of the limited resources in the department. While we would like to have an SI leader for every section of every course, the reality is that a number of factors force us to prioritize certain classes each semester. With that in mind, we do try to allocate support where it will have the biggest impact on student experience, and there’s a good chance we’ll be able to work something out.

The third request is that you send us recommendations for those you think would make effective SI leaders. While we can’t hire every student that’s recommended to us, faculty endorsements help us know who might be a good fit for a particular teaching style or a particular section of a course.

The last request is that you contact us before the semester begins. The Academic Tutoring department has a lot of moving parts, and it’s incredibly difficult to begin support for a class in the middle of a semester. Instead, please contact us the semester before the one in which you would like support. For inquiries, please reach out to one of our SI coordinators—Aubrey Ryan or Sara Lemmon.

Q.  I’m a professor and want to encourage my students to attend SI sessions—is there a syllabus statement I can use?

You’re more than welcome to use the following statement in your syllabus.

This course is supported by Supplemental Instruction (SI), a free program that offers you additional resources for developing study strategies and learning course content. Our course’s designated SI leader has previously taken the course and will attend every lecture with you. SI sessions—which are open to all students—will include activities designed to reinforce content taught in the lecture. Occasional test reviews will also be offered.

Please see the professor if you have further questions regarding the SI program, or you can also contact the SI Coordinator Aubrey Ryan at 801-863-8356.

Also, visit our faculty resource page to find out more ways Academic Tutoring can support your classes.

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