Supplemental Instruction Program (SIP) provides weekly, peer-led group study sessions for students taking historically difficult courses– those with low pass and/or high withdrawal rates. SIP is attached to a subject or course to provide students with a systematic and disciplined approach for processing the subject material.
Weekly SIP sessions are led by a student leader with mastery of the course content; the SIP student takes a leadership role with training in group facilitation and learning strategies. SIP Leaders meet with course participants to improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss important concepts, and help participants prepare for exams.
· To improve student retention rates by providing adequate academic support in historically difficult courses
· To improve student grades in targeted difficult courses
· To create independent learners by linking the classroom experience and the SIP group sessions.
SIP Leaders provide SIP study sessions weekly during which course content, assigned reading and other material are brought together with effective learning strategies in a collaborative learning environment.
SIP sessions are designed to help students connect what to learn with how to learn. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of their learning styles, course content and study skills needed to be successful in the course. Regular attendance also develops analytical and critical thinking skills leading to problem solving through trial and error.
Sessions create a safe environment to ask questions of varying levels of academic preparedness regarding course content/material and, ultimately, foster active learning and application of course content.
SIP goes beyond "group tutoring/discussion", it is synthesizes course content with learning strategies to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses. SIP is a free, NON-REMEDIAL service available to all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades; it is not just for those students who are struggling.
Students, who participate in SIP sessions on a consistent basis, traditionally earn a half to full letter grade higher than non-participants.