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Supplemental Instruction

Starting in Fall 2007, the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program was implemented at American University. It is a non-remedial approach to learning that supports students toward academic success by integrating "what to learn" with "how to learn."

Supplemental instruction consists of FREE, weekly group tutoring sessions driven by students' needs. SI sessions are facilitated by trained SI Leaders who utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer learning in small groups. Supplemental instruction support groups historically difficult courses in consultation with academic staff and is managemend and evaluated by the Student Academic Services team.

Who are SI Leaders?

  • SI Leaders are currently enrolled American University students who have excelled in the course they are supporting in the SI Program. SI Leaders will guide students through problems and hard concepts and provide opportunities for endless practice.

What do SI Leaders do?

  • SI Leaders are prepared to assist with students comprehending course material and share with how to effectively study for the course. SI Leaders attend the same class sessions with the students, taking notes and listening closely to the professor.

What happens in SI sessions?

  • SI sessions are group study sessions where students can review course concepts, ask questions, go over practice problems with other students, and work together with their peers.
  • Even more, SI Leaders will share their successful study skills, help students with notes, and prepare for exams. In addition, SI Leaders work with students to develop or enhance key strategies for academic success, such as time management, critical reading, and how to set and achieve goals.



Fall 2021

As the university returns to a hybrid modality of course instruction in Fall 2021, most SI sessions will be held online. SI Leaders will inform their students of their regularly scheduled times and days in class and by email. Please check your email for more information from your professor and SI Leaders.

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