Supplemental Instruction


Supplemental Instruction is a fun, engaging academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions to get students learning together in creative ways. Developed at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1973, SI is used at more than 3,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

APU’s SI program pairs SI leaders who are “near-peers“(highly trained students who have recently taken the class and done well) with students enrolled in classes with high D, F, or W rates. The SI leader attends lecture with the students, consults weekly with the course’s professor, and leads SI sessions 2-3 times per week that utilize interactive, multimodal strategies combined with effective study techniques to help students understand the most important concepts being taught in class.

Supplemental Instruction is offered for courses in biology, chemistry, math, music, physics, psychology, and undergraduate nursing. To locate the SI session for your courses, check the calendar below.

Criteria for SI Course Selection

The SI model can be adapted to reflect the individual differences of each campus. Some examples are:

  • Required or “gatekeeper” courses
  • Entry level courses that are prerequisites to required or “gatekeeper” courses.
  • Faculty members who are eager to participate and request an SI
  • Number of repeat course enrollment
  • Large class sizes

Elements of the SI Program that Must be Present to Ensure Integrity

  • The SI leader regularly attends the targeted class
  • The SI leader is trained prior to the beginning of the term
  • The SI leader and the SI program is supervised by a trained professional staff or faculty member
  • The SI program is offered only in classes where the faculty member understands and supports SI
  • The SI sessions are conducted regularly and integrate course content with learning strategies
  • The program is evaluated appropriately following the guidelines set by the Center of Academic Development at the University of Missouri, Kansas City

Additional information about SI sessions scheduled for the semester may be obtained by contacting the LEC at (626) 815-3849.