Why participate in SI?
SI has been extensively studied. Performance results at Kettering match those at the national level - students that attend SI sessions have a higher percentage of As, Bs, and Cs, and those that do not, have a higher percentage of Ds, and Fs.
What can students expect from an SI session?
In an SI session, students can expect
- the SI leader to be on time and prepared for the session with an agenda comprised of topics covered in class.
- to be asked to participate by completing practice problems, discussing concepts, working with a partner or small group, and much more.
- the SI leader to facilitate learning and not teach new material. The SI leader will clarify concepts to the best of his/her ability.
- to learn and practice the concepts of the course. Homework completion is a by-product of the SI session, not its main goal.
- to learn study strategies that can be applicable to any course.
What should students do to benefit from SI?
There are a few things students should do to benefit from the program:
- Come prepared to the session:
- Bring books, notes, and other class materials.
- Attempt homework and come with questions.
- Take the sessions seriously and be an active participant.
- Suggest topics to the SI leader for the agenda.
- Bring a friend (a study buddy). Continue using SI strategies outside of the sessions on one’s own or with study buddies.