Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Program Description

SI is a non-remedial support program that targets large, academically challenging, general education classes. Open to all students enrolled in the course, SI provides assistance through regularly scheduled study sessions that begin during the second or third week of the semester. Our SI leaders are upper-level UNC students who hold three 1-to-2 hour sessions each week to review course content, facilitate student-centered learning activities, and foster independent learning strategies. National research data show that SI students earn higher exam and course grades and withdraw less often than non-SI participants. Also, national data demonstrate higher re-enrollment and graduation rates for SI participants.

Which classes offer SI support?

Approximately fifteen large, Li beral Arts Core classes in a variety of academic disciplines are supported by SI each term (excluding summer). However, since SI cooperates with specific faculty whose teaching assignments vary, the specific courses supported by SI each semester may change. Click here for a listing of our current semester SI offerings.

How do I receive SI?

If your course has an SI leader, he or she will introduce him/herself during the first class. The SI leader will arrange study session days/times for the semester – with input from students in the course -- and will announce them to the class by the second week. Whether you are looking for continuous or occasional help, the SI sessions are designed to meet your needs.

For more information about the SI model, visit the website for The International Center for Supplemental Instruction at


"Tutoring is a great resource; without it I would be lost!"
--Tutee, 2011

"SI is a much needed recap to consolidate what I learned all week and to solidify important concepts."
-- SI participant, 2011

"(My tutor) is very helpful at explaining problems to me and then making sure I can explain what I am doing."
-- Tutee, 2011