MDSC Tutoring & SI Programs
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a student success program that provides peer-led group study sessions for students in order to help improve their understanding of course material and increase the effectiveness of their study skills.
A trained SI Leader will support students attending all sections of the course you are applying for by facilitating SI study sessions outside of class. These SI sessions promote collaboration and other learning techniques in order to guide students through the material presented in class.
The SI Leader will work closely with that faculty to determine content for their weekly sessions and material can be provided to the SI Leader or if the SI Leaders develop material on their own, it would be shared with and approved by the faculty member. Ideally, the faculty member would submit a recommendation for a student to be their SI Leader, but if they do not have one, we will recommend someone from our pool of possible candidates.
Please note: that students attending a class where an instructor did not request SI is still eligible to attend SI sessions if one is available.
How do I request Supplemental Instruction for my classes?
Complete the online application form. The deadline to submit the application for Spring 2020 is Friday, December 6th. Even if you have received SI in the past, we need to have an official application on record for each term. If your course is accepted and this is your first time receiving SI, you will be asked to have a brief orientation with the SI Program Coordinator.
How do we choose who receives SI?
- Priority is given to “historically difficult” courses. These are courses that have a high DFW rate (Ds, Fs. or withdrawals).
- Priority will be given to instructors who submit their request form before the due date.
- Typically no more than 2 classes per instructor.
- Based on a historical review of the SI program and previous success rates.
- Based on the availability of qualified SI Leaders and recommendations by faculty members.
Help is available for your students…with time spent in and out of the classroom. The Learning and Academic Resources Department is currently seeking courses wishing to incorporate additional assistance for their students. Additional funding has been provided by Strong Workforce and Student Equity for qualified courses. Interested in having an embedded tutor in your class? Have a student you
would like to recommend for embedded tutoring? Please contact the LAR Tutorial Program Coordinators for more information.
- Tutors spend time in the classroom or lab for hands-on help
- Time set aside in our Success Centers specifically for your students
- A familiar face for your students seeking extra support
- Someone to guide your students towards their goals
- Hiring tutors recommended by YOU.
Services that can be requested by students:
- One to One Tutoring. Tutors will be available through appointments or drop-in sessions to assist students with various subjects. We will also ask tutors to meet with various faculty members to get a better idea of the topics being addressed in class or upcoming tests dates so that they can better prepare to assist your students.
- Group Tutoring. At students’ requests, tutors may hold group sessions to support multiple students at once. For example, foreign language students studying the same language may benefit from the group tutoring format so that they can practice conversing with each other.