The TRiO Fast Track Program provides a Supplemental Instruction Program. Based on the model created by Dr. Deanna Martin at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that increases student performance and retention. SI targets traditionally difficult academic subjects, those with a high rate of D or F grades and withdrawals, and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer facilitated sessions.
The SI Leader attends all class sessions, takes notes, reads all assigned material, and conducts two to three sessions per week. Sessions integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn. Students who attend sessions discover appropriate application of study strategies, e.g. note taking, graphic organization, questioning techniques, vocabulary acquisition, and test preparation, as they review content material. Students have the opportunity to become actively involved in the subject material as the SI Leader uses the text, supplementary readings, and lecture notes as the vehicle for learning skill instruction.
SI students earn higher subject grades and withdraw less often than non-SI participants. Also, data demonstrate higher re-enrollment and graduation rates.
How students benefit:
SI is proactive and participatory rather than reactive and passive
Students earn higher subject grades while they learn effective study skills
SI provides peer collaborative learning experiences which promote assimilation into the campus culture
SI enjoys a non-remedial image while offering academic support to all students enrolled in historically difficult subjects
SI makes efficient use of study time
SI provides an opportunity for students to develop relationships to other students and staff, an important factor in retention
Come in and visit with the TRiO Learning Specialist in SS 126 for more information about this exciting resource.