University of California, Riverside

Academic Resource Center

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

SIis an academic assistance program that uses peer-led group study to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses – those with high failure and/or withdrawal rates. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, out-of-class study groups that provide students an opportunity to meet with classmates to compare notes, discuss readings and key course concepts, develop study skill strategies and prepare for exams. SI provides structured and planned activites and guides with faculty collaboration on study guides and agenda. Think of it as organized study time.

UCR offers two versions of SI—Open SI and Learning Community SI—the difference being participation. Students enrolled in a Learning Community are mandated to attend SI twice a week. Open SI follows the traditional tenets of Supplemental Instruction with voluntary participation. Following is a chart illustrating SI-supported courses at UCR.

Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.

Chinese Proverb

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COURSEBCOE Learning Community SICNAS Learning Community SICHASS Learning Community SIOPEN SI
COMPUTER SCIENCE 10, 12, 14, 61    
ECON 2, 3      
MATH 5    
MATH 22      
ME 2      
  1. Improve your grade.
  2. Midterm/Final review.
  3. Learn effective ways to study.
  4. Network with other students.
  5. Increase your knowledge and understanding.
  6. If you have questions, we have answers.
  7. Small, comfortable group setting.
  • Who are the SI leaders and what exactly do they do?
    SI leaders are undergraduate UCR students who have demonstrated course competency in the targeted course. All SI leaders must complete pre-term training in which they learn instructional strategies that encourage active learning. SI leaders attend course lectures, participate in classroom activities, demonstrate what has been read or heard, generate new ideas, and put content-related concepts into perspective. What SI leaders do NOT do is re-lecture or go beyond the content covered in class.
  • Does SI work?
    Yes, SI is a national program with decades of evidence indicating its correlation with improved student academic performance. National data shows that students who attend SI sessions on a regular basis can earn on an average half to a full letter grade higher than their peers who choose not to attend SI.
  • How can I find out if SI is offered in my class?
    Starting with the first day of classes and continuing on a regular basis, SI leaders make classroom announcements about their study sessions. If SI is offered in your class, information about the SI sessions should be posted on iLearn and the class syllabus.
  • How long are sessions and how offer should I attend?
    Each SI leader generally offers two to four weekly SI sessions, which typically are 50-minute study sessions. Because new material is covered each day of class, no two SI sessions are alike. Consequently, you are encouraged to attend at least one SI session per week.
  • When do SI study sessions begin?
    SI sessions begin on the first day of class and run for the duration of the term.
  • What do I need to bring to the SI session?
    Bring your textbook, lecture notes, and any questions you may have.
  • Is there a cost for SI?
    No, SI is FREE!
  • Do professors know if their students are attending SI sessions?
    Yes. SI leaders work closely with faculty members. If faculty members ask about SI participation, we often provide information about SI attendance.
  • How do I sign-up for SI?
    Students don’t need to sign-up for SI. They just need to show up!
  • What's in it for me as a student?
    If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you’ll earn a better grade and develop a better understanding of course content. On top of that, you’ll learn effective study strategies that can help in your other classes, too.

Please see below for our CNAS Learning Community, BCOE Learning Community, and Open SI session schedules!

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Academic Resource Center
Room 156, First Floor 380 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-3721
Fax: (951) 827-4543