You can always check the current SI schedule to see if your course offers SI at Class Listings (external link). Also, if your class is supported by SI, an SI Leader will make a short presentation during your class early in the semester.
During SI sessions, the SI Leader will facilitate an activity related to recent material covered in the lecture. The goal is to have students become involved with the material and also introduce good study skills and habits. Some activities may include practice quizzes, vocabulary building games, creating review sheets, or collectively working on problems on the board. SI sessions involve working on course material, so be sure to bring your notes, textbook, and any other resources that you may need.
SI sessions generally start the third week of the semester. Check the Class Listings (external link) page for up-to-date information.
SI is voluntary, so you can attend as often as you like. However, statistics show that students who attend SI regularly tend to have better grades than those who do not.
Following the guidelines developed by the University of Missouri at Kansas City, SUNY Cortland defines a class as 'historically-difficult' as one in which 30% of the students enrolled in that class consistently earn a D or failing grade, or end up withdrawing from the course altogether.
SI Leaders are students themselves. They have demonstrated competence in the course, are approved by the professor(s) of that course, and have completed an intensive two-day training session before the beginning of the semester. SI Leaders model good student behavior by attending all class sessions, taking notes, and reading all assigned material.
SI leaders share what they've learned about how to study. They know the course content and are eager to help. SI leaders are NOT lecturers. Their job is to help students think about the lectures and assigned readings by facilitating discussions and activities. Studies have shown that this collaborative approach to learning not only helps students better understand and remember specific course content, but also helps students discover how they learn best.
Please visit this page for all information about being an SI leader, and for a link to our application: http://www2.cortland.edu/offices/asap/supplemental-instruction/employment.dothttp://www2.cortland.edu/offices/asap/supplemental-instruction/employment.dot
The SI Coordinators at SUNY Cortland, Jeanine Rose and Susan Mayberry, are also professional tutors in the Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP). They are responsible for identifying the targeted courses, gaining faculty support, selecting the SI Leaders each semester, monitoring the quality of SI sessions, and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the SI program. Please email Jeanine (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan (email@example.com) with any additional questions.