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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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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 Patti.Beck@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.

Computer Science 150
SI Leader Caleb G.
Monday 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Kennedy Center 105
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Kennedy Center 105

Computer Science 250
SI Leader Jay M.
Monday 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Beacom 112
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Beacom 112 

Governors Cyber Academy Courses
SI Leader Jess T.
CSC 150 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
CSC 250 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Patti Beck

Patti Beck

Coordinator, Academic Support Services


Academic Support Services


Office Location: Learning Engagement Center
Phone: 605-681-8196

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