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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

Students Studying

Supplemental Instruction

Spring 2014 Courses

ENGR 210 with Stephanie Fischer in TLC 148

Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-3:30PM
Thursday from 3:30-4:30PM

FREN 102 with Anthony St. Claire in TLC 149

Wednesday from 2:30-3:30PM
Thursday from 4:30-5:30PM

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. Remember, whether or not you are in a course that offers SI, you can request a Small Group tutor for yourself and at least 2 classmates. 

How is SI Different?
Supplemental Instruction Small Group Tutoring

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

Small Groups 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 request Small Group tutoring.

Students may attend SI sessions as often or infrequently as desired.

Small Group Tutoring is a commitment and groups can be disbanded should attendance fall below 3 for three weeks.

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

Small Groups are scheduled specifically on the availability of the requesting students.

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

In a Small Group, students request which topics to cover.

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

Small Groups are just that. Tutors typically work with 3-6 students at a time.

SI sessions’ collaborative learning activities address multiple learning styles.

Small Group 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.

Small Group Tutors normally provide tutoring without communicating with instructors.

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

Students request Small Group Tutoring based on personal goals