SI is a series of weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. SI is available to all students in the course who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. Attendance is voluntary. It’s a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop study strategies, and test yourselves before your professor does!
What's a SI Leader?
Have you ever wished you could do something over, knowing what you know now? SI Leaders are students who are prepared to share what they have learned over the years about how to study. They’ll be in class with you every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read. What they won’t do is lecture; their job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all together during the SI sessions.
When do SI review sessions start?
On the first day of class you will fill out a survey to let the SI Leader know your availability. Each SI Leader will set up two-three review sessions each week at times that are best for the majority of the class. You can attend one, two, or all three (the choice is yours), and each one will be different because you will have new material to discuss! Review sessions are informal. Bring your notes; bring your textbook; bring your questions.
What's in it for me?
If you attend SI sessions regularly, chances are you’ll earn a better grade. You’ll have developed a better understanding of the course content as well as more effective ways of studying. This will help you in other classes also!
Amy Elkins awarded SAU SI scholarship
Amy Elkins of Foreman, Arkansas is the recipient of the spring 2020 SI Scholarship which is in honor of the late Dr. Robert A. Terry. Amy is a senior, Plant Science student at Southern Arkansas University. She has served as the SI leader for Plant Science for the past 5 semesters and will continue this school year. She has also served as the SI leader for Soil Science. When asked about SI, Amy stated “I adore my position as a Supplemental Instructor for many reasons. Being an SI not only gives me an excuse to spread my passion for plant science but also deepens my understanding of the areas of study. I serve as an SI, but it also gives me a platform to help my peers succeed, meet new people, and strengthen my personal study habits.” She went on to say that “participating in the SI program is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling organizations she has ever had the capacity to be a part of.” She is very thankful to have been given the opportunity to impact the success of those around her. Amy was essential to the accreditation process during the spring semester in which her lesson plans were used as exemplary plans from our institution. SI coordinator, Sheffield Coulter, stated that “Amy’s ability to effectively plan lessons and transfer her thoughts to a new format was essential to helping us achieve the sought out accreditation we were able to achieve. She helped to make this process achievable.” Coulter also stated that “Amy is always a willing participant in training’s in which she adds valuable content to ongoing training sessions for other SI leaders.”