Loyola University Chicago

Tutoring Center

Student Academic Services

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) consists of regularly scheduled, out-of-class group study sessions driven by students’ needs. Sessions are facilitated by trained peer leaders (SI Leaders) who utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer interaction in small groups (UMKC 2018).

*Note: SI is not offered during the summer. Please see Peer Tutoring and Success Coaching services information for summer 2020 sessions here

Where can I find the SI session schedule? 

You will be able to find the SI Session Schedule for fall 2020 on our homepage (www.luc.edu/tutoring) starting the first week of classes. SI sessions begin the second week of classes. The SI Session Schedule is updated each Friday for the following week. Check back regularly for updates to the schedule. 

How do I use Zoom for online SI sessions?

If students have never used Zoom before, they are encouraged to login to https://luc.zoom.us/ using their LUC UVID and password prior to the session. Then, download the Zoom program (on laptops) or app (on smartphones/tablets).  

If the student does not have access to a webcam, microphone, or the internet, the student is encouraged to reach out to their SI Leader and/or Tutoring Center staff (tutoringcenter@luc.edu) for alternative options.  

If Zoom is not working, students are encouraged to review the Zoom participant’s guide, call ITS at 773-508-4487, or email ITS at helpdesk@luc.edu.   

If the link is not working or the SI Leader is not present at the designated time, please email the student leader or tutoringcenter@luc.edu 

Who is an SI Leader?

SI Leaders are upperclass student leaders who have already taken the SI-sponsored course and excelled. They have then gone through a rigorous interview and training program. SI leaders attend all assigned class lectures and hold 3 50-minute SI sessions each week that combine "what to learn" with "how to learn it." 

What can a student expect in an SI session? What is expect of the student?

Students can expect to review notes, discuss and participate in activities around materials/ lecture, review and predict test questions, and work out problems together. Students are expected to bring their notes, textbook, and any other study materials to SI sessions. 

Is SI drop-in or appointment based? 

SI sessions are voluntary and are drop-in. No appointment is required. If a student does not have an SI leader in their course, students are welcome to use any of the same course's SI sessions.

*Note: Online SI sessions beginning March 16 remain drop-in where students can access the session at any time during the 50-minute scheduled sessions!

What are the times and location for SI?

SI sessions are scheduled between 5-9 pm Sundays and between 3-9 pm Mondays through Thursdays. As of March 16, all sessions are online.

What courses does SI sponsor in fall semesters? (Please note these are subject to change.)

ACCT 201
BIOL 101/251/282   
CHEM 101/105/212/221/223
ENGR 312/322/324
GNUR 155/160/203
MATH 100/117/118/131/132
MSN 277
PHIL 180
PHYS 111
PSYC 101
STAT 103

What courses does SI sponsor in spring semesters? (Please note these are subject to change.)

ACCT 201
BIOL 101/102/251/282   
CHEM 101/102/106/212/222/223/224
ENGR 311/ 321
GNUR 156/293
MATH 100/117/118/131/132
PHYS 112
STAT 103
UCSF 137
How does a course become supported by SI?

The courses supported by SI are historically difficult in nature due to their content. We have identified that these course have high "DFW rates" meaning that a large number of students receive D and F grades or withdraw from the course.