Once the semester begins, check the SI Schedule for a list of courses and SI sessions. In class promotions also are planned for courses with SI, including:
SI is an opportunity for students to work together to explore important concepts, review class notes, discuss reading assignments, practice test-taking strategies, and prepare of examinations. SI sessions are facilitated by an undergraduate student who has previously been successful in the course.
Days, times, and locations for SI sessions are determined by SI Leaders during the first week of classes, after a sufficient number of students have contributed feedback via the scheduling survey. The session logistics will be promoted the end of the first week, and sessions begin the second week.
The session days/times do not fit my schedule. -or- The locations are inconvenient. What should I do?
Our apologies about the inconveniences. Based on the number of students in a class, it's impossible for us to find SI sessions that accommodate everyone's preferences, which is why we try to select sessions that make SI available to the largest number of students at least once per week. Our campus is also large, meaning that we likely inconvenience some people with any location selection.
If SI can help you, please make the time to attend. Other options for help are:
Three to five 50-minute sessions are facilitated by each SI Leader per week. See the SI Schedule for specific times and locations for your courses. More sessions are available for courses with more than one SI Leader.
Most SI sessions target traditionally difficult 100-200 level courses which students must take to begin an academic major. These courses are usually large lecture courses requiring large amounts of reading from difficult texts, utilize examinations focusing on application and analysis, and because of their size, offer a perception of diminished opportunity for teacher-student interaction.
Some SI sessions target other difficult courses that do not fit the criteria above based on input from students and instructors.
SI is open to all students enrolled in a specific course. So, even if your SI Leader does not regularly attend your lectures, you can still attend the SI sessions. Students from all ability levels attend SI. There is one thing all SI participants have in common--desire to be a better learner.
Some students attend only a few sessions during the semester. Assessment of SI at ISU shows that the more SI sessions a student participates in, the higher their final grade will be in the class.
Realistically, there are about 35 possible day/time combinations within a typical week during which students prefer to attend SI sessions, of which about 15 possible combinations are very popular. However, we schedule over 100 SI sessions per week. Hence we cannot avoid overlap.
If you want to attend SI for two courses, but the sessions are at the same time we recommend:
We plan our schedule for the semester based on a "typical week;" however, the week before/after a major exam is not typical. Hence, SI Leaders often change the day, time, and/or location to:
The use of a worksheet is up to each SI Leader, based on his/her facilitation preferences. (For some courses, creating a worksheet can consume more time than a Leader has available for preparation.)
Creating an answer guide is also very time consuming, and we would rather have SI Leader focus their planning time on facilitation of the session. Moreover, you get "the answers" when you attend SI. Understanding theories, problems, or solutions is much more than "What's the right final answer?" It's up to each Leader to decide whether to create and/or post answer guides.
Sure! If it helps, please use a worksheet. However, experience tells us that worksheets are most useful to students when they are used in SI sessions.
If you use a worksheet on your own, please use the "Contact Your SI Leader" option to let the Leader know...this would reinforce the value of worksheets in ways we currently do not assess.
"My SI Leader was great. She broke down the overwhelming subject matter into bite size pieces. She gave us strategies for helping us understand and apply information to the tests."
"My first test score was an F. I went to SI and my second score was a B-."
"The SI Leader was a really good teacher who was really concerned about how much we learned. He was very friendly and went out of his way to help us understand the material."
"I thought (SI Leader) did a great job. She was not only effective at teaching the concepts and ideas in fun ways, (often better than the actual instructors), but she was also friendly and approachable. Her review before exams and practice tests were especially helpful."
"I learned a lot from SI and my grades improved from going to SI. I not only learned but I became friends with the SI Leader."
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