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Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center

Study Resources

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. Sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by “SI leaders”, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.

SI is a “free service” offered to all students in a targeted course. The SI program targets high-risk courses. All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions, as it is a voluntary program. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness and diverse ethnicities can participate.

National data shows that on average students who attend the SI model we use receive half to a full letter grade higher than those who do not attend.

Would you like to be a Supplemental Instruction Leader?

Must have taken the class for which you are an SI Leader and passed with an A or B
Must have the ability to communicate effectively

Attend SI Leader training at the beginning of the semester
Attend all course classes
Create lesson plans for SI sessions
Hold a minimum of 2 hours of out-of-class sessions each week

$10 per hour (Max of 10 hours per week)

For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Powell at 931-372-3540 or

** The Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center follows the model developed by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and it is administered by UMKC trained supervisors.

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