Supplemental Instruction

For fall 2014, the courses that will have SI, plus days/times/locations for SI sessions appear in our schedule of SI sessions. SI sessions are now being offered in 30 different courses...don't wait to learn!

What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized academic support program offering free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are facilitated by SI Leaders, who are undergraduate students who have previously taken the course and demonstrated academic competency in the subject area. Each SI Leader facilitates at least three 50-minute sessions per week using collaborative learning methods. Attend once or attend every session...the choice is up to you, but our data suggests that the more you attend, the higher your final grade will be in the course.
We recommend attending SI at least once per week.

Why SI?

SI is a free, voluntary opportunity for all students enrolled in a course. Students who participate in SI will:

  • Learn how-to-learn while learning what-to-learn.
  • Work collaboratively with peer students in a facilitated environment.
  • Receive support from a trained, educated SI Leader.

In short, if you want to do better, then try SI.

SI News and Announcements:

Apply to be an SI Leader for Spring 2015! For more information and the application, please go to our website describing the SI position. If interested, please submit an application asap, as we will fill positions throughout the summer. 

Help us plan SI for the Sprng 2015 semester! If you are a faculty member, the planning documents are posted online here. If you are a student or staff member and wish the recommend we offer SI for a course, please send your recommendation to

Is my session canceled due to weather? SI is definitely canceled if classes are canceled according to the University homepage; however, please check your SI Leader's website for an announcement if you are unsure. It's possible your SI Leader may be unable, due to weather, to get to campus, and s/he will have posted the announcement online

SI Leaders

The SI Leader staff consists of current ISU students who have previously enrolled in courses they lead, or have completed related coursework. All Leaders are supervised by trained professional staff members in the Academic Success Center. SI Leaders facilitate and encourage group learning of course material, rather than acting as authority figures who lecture to participants.


For answers to your questions about Supplemental Instruction at Iowa State University, please contact:

Craig Zywicki Phil Durkee
   SI Program Coordinator    SI Graduate Assistant
   515-294-6624 or    515-294-6624 or
Dana Bjorge Zoë Thornton
   SI Graduate Assistant    SI Graduate Assistant
   515-294-6624 or    515-294-6624 or