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ASAP Office

Academic Support & Access Programs
phone: (208) 885-6307
fax: (208) 885-9404
Idaho Commons 306
P.O. Box 442537
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83843-2537

Tutoring Manager

Manager Tutoring & College Success
phone: (208) 885-6307
fax: (208) 885-9404
Idaho Commons 306
P.O. Box 442537
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83843-2537

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Supplemental Instruction

All Tutoring & College Success programs foster academic growth, but their approaches and goals differ.

At first glance, Supplemental Instruction may appear very similar to tutoring. There are similarities, of course. Neither one is intended to replace going to class, taking notes, or keeping up with homework and reading assignments. Like study groups and visiting your instructor's office hours, both are intended as resources to enhance student success.

The differences, in the chart below, can help you decide which best fits your needs. 

How is SI Different?
Supplemental Instruction Tutoring

SI sessions focus on a specific section of historically difficult courses.

Tutoring may focus on a broad subject, a single course, or a software package.

The SI Leader attends lectures with the class and models success strategies.

Tutors do not attend lectures with students.

Supplemental Instruction is open to all students in the targeted course.

Any UI student may attend tutoring.

SI sessions are scheduled based on the availability of the greatest number of students.

Tutoring has a set scheduled based on tutor availability

SI session plans are based on that week's course content.

With tutoring, students request which topics to cover.

SI Leaders typically work with large groups, breaking them into smaller groups for portions of the session.

Tutors work with students on a first come first serve basis or as available. 

SI sessions’ collaborative learning activities address multiple learning styles.

Tutoring sessions focus on individual student’s preferences and strengths.

SI Leaders communicate regularly with the course instructor. The instructor is aware of the SI session content, but not who attends.

Tutors normally provide tutoring without communicating with instructors.

TCS targets courses with D/F/W rates >30% for Supplemental Instruction

Students attend tutoring based on personal goals


Spring 2015 SI Courses

Supplemental Instruction begins the 2nd week of classes and ends Dead Week.

BIOL 121-Mercedes Frausto

Wednesdays & Thursdays 6-7 pm, Location: TLC 247