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Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course content while improving their grades. It is a learning enhancement program, designed to organize and improve ways in which students prepare and review outside of class.

SI focuses on specific courses and provides students with new approaches for processing subject materials assigned by professors. SI also has SI Leaders, who attend courses to keep up with the subject content being presented and to model effective student practices and attitudes.

If your course has Supplemental Instruction connected, you will be given that information during the first day of your course.  Students who attend SI for only ONE hour a week, on average complete the course with at least ONE full letter grade higher than those who do not attend.

Email writingcenter@dsu.edu if you have any questions

If you are interested in applying for an SI Leader position, please log into Handshake to review the job description and complete the necessary materials.

SI helps you:

  • Learn useful strategies to study more efficiently and focus on the most important concepts of the course
  • Become more confident about subjects and receive different perspectives on materials from peers who have succeeded in the course
  • Increase efficiency in test preparation and test-taking
  • Receive assistance in setting up homework problems and practice problems, which are guided and assigned by SI Leaders
  • Learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together

SI Leaders:

  • Take notes and attend all course lectures
  • Meet with the professor(s) regularly, to touch base on content
  • Are trained in group facilitation and learning techniques
  • Previously took the course and received at least an "A" or "B" in the course

If you're interested in becoming an SI Leader, please review the application in Handshake and, if desired, follow the link to apply. When applications are reviewed, you'll be contacted with additional information requests.

SI Classes for Spring 2021:

CSC 150- Jessica
  • Monday, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Science Center Room 113
  • Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Science Center Room 113
CSC 250 - Miles
  • Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Science Center Room 114
  • Friday, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Science Center Room 114
CSC 250 - Max
  • Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Science Center Room 121
  • Thursday, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Science Center Room 121
CSC 300 - Alex
  • Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Science Center Room 113
  • Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Science Center Room 113
Directions for students:
Tutorial Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HCxKIIRT3U
  • Download the TrojanConnect App in your App store:
    • Search and Add “Navigate Student”
    • Search “Dakota State University”
    • Enter your DSU Trojan Credentials
  • To use TrojanConnect through your MyDSU portal
    • Sign in to MyDSU: https://mydsu.dsu.edu/
    • Under the “Quick Links” section click on TrojanConnect (or type “TrojanConnect” in the search box).

Scheduling Supplemtal Instruction Session through Trojan Connect

TrojanConnect App appointment scheduling:
  • Click the icon that says “Appointments”
  • Click on “Schedule an Appointment” button on the bottom
  • Select “Academic Support (Tutoring, SI, WC, Peer Advising)” from the dropdown, then “Supplemental Instruction”
  • Select the SI Course preference, then click “Next”
  • Select your location preference from the dropdown (Note: you can attend any SI leaders section)
  • Choose “Any Staff” or select your SI Leader name from the drop down, then click “Next
  • View dates with availabilities and select a time, then click “Next” (if no times show available, use the back button and change your location.)
  • Use the comment box to let your SI leader know more about topics you’d like covered
  • Select whether you would like to have an email and/or text reminder - your phone number will appear if you have selected a text reminder
  • Click “Confirm Appointment”

TrojanConnect MyDSU platform:

  • Click the blue “Schedule an Appointment” button in the upper right
  • Select “Academic Support (Tutoring, SI, WC, Peer Advising)” from the dropdown, then “Supplemental Instruction”
  • Select the SI Course preference, then click “Next”
  • Select your location preference from the dropdown (Note: you can attend any SI leaders section)
  • Choose “Any Staff” or select your SI Leader name from the drop down, then click “Next
  • View dates with availabilities and select a time, then click “Next” (if no times show available, use the back button and change your location.)
  • Use the comment box to let your SI leader know more about topics you’d like covered
  • Select whether you would like to have an email and/or text reminder - your phone number will appear if you have selected a text reminder
  • Click “Confirm Appointment”
  • You will see a confirmation page once your appointment has been saved.
Kristen Uilk

Kristen Uilk

Activity Director / Learning Support Specialist & Student Code of Conduct Coordinator

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Phone: 605-256-7483
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