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What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction is a method based on collaborative learning. The philosophy of the SI method is that the exchange of ideas and thoughts will help students to understand the course content on a deeper level. The goal of Supplemental Instruction is therefore to help students master the course content while developing effective learning techniques, critical thinking and study strategies in collaborative study sessions. These so-called SI sessions are hosted by an experienced student who has participated in a training for SI leaders.

How do SI sessions work?

SI sessions are offered in difficult courses and are facilitated by students called SI leaders who have previously excelled in the course. SI offers scheduled out-of-class study sessions in smaller groups where students work collaboratively by discussing readings and central terms and theories in the course. The Sl leader guides the student group through the course content and helps to develop effective study strategies. It is a flexible study environment where the students have opportunity to influence the content!

In which courses can you find SI sessions?

During the last years, SI has been offered in a variety of courses throughout the university, for example in the nursing programme, in different engineering programmes with a focus on mathematics courses, in programming/IT, or in economics. The range can vary a bit from term to term – if there are SI sessions offered in your course you will receive information by the beginning of the course, and the sessions will be included in your course schedule.

What do you as a student get out of it?

SI helps you to develop strategies and techniques to study more successfully. Through discussion you get a deeper knowledge and understanding of your subject, while at the same time training your abilities in critical thinking and problem solving. The main idea is to help each other and benefit of each others experiences – everybody participating in SI will learn something, regardless competence level.

What do you as an SI leader get out of it?

As an Sl leader you guide the participants through the course content and help to develop the students’ problem solving abilities. By this, you develop your own communicative and pedagogical skills as well as your leadership skills, while also getting a deeper insight into your subject. Apart from that, you will also get paid for the assignment.

Do you want to know more?

Have a look at our interview with the coordinators and previous SI leaders!

Interested in becoming an SI leader?

Usually the hiring period is during the spring term (ca. February-March). When we are looking for new SI leader we will announce it on this page. A prerequisite for becoming an SI leader is to have successfully finished the course in which you would like to become a leader. Apart from that you also need to participate in a training arranged by University West after applying for the assignment. The training I divided into several occasions and will typically take place in May and in August.

You can of course contact us at any time during the year if you want to learn more about the assignment!

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