Tutoring versus Supplemental Instructions

Tutoring

Identifies and helps individual students that need additional assistance in general course topics.

Provides academic tutoring by a tutor that is knowledgeable in specific course subjects.

Students schedule appointments to meet with a tutor.

Tutors are trained in collaborative learning and study techniques.

Tutors assist students by an individual case-by-case need request.

Tutoring is focused on helping students to understand general course content.

Tutoring promotes independent learning and individual confidence.

Tutoring extends the option of working in groups by a requested time for students to meet with a tutor together.

The goal of tutoring is to facilitate student success and resolve immediate academic crisis.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Identifies historically difficult courses and provides group learning sessions with a leader that has successfully completed the course.

Provides SI sessions by an SI Leader that is also present in class lectures with students.

SI Leaders set specific session times that are available to students on a voluntary basis.

SI Leaders are trained in collaborative learning and study techniques.

SI Leaders provide on-going assistance to students enrolled in the course throughout the semester.

SI focuses on content, learning/study strategies and internalization of course content to ensure a passing grade in the class. 

SI promotes student interaction and mutual support between classmates.

The goal of the SI Program is to help students improve their academic performance and improve graduation/retention rates.

This page was last updated on: September 19, 2017