Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) consists of regularly scheduled, informal, peer-led review sessions for traditionally difficult foundational courses such as chemistry, physics, and calculus.

Students solving integrals

SI study sessions focus on skill-development and review of difficult concepts and are open to anyone in the course. Students work collaboratively with their peers to review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and prepare for examinations. The SI leaders attend lectures, meet regularly with the faculty and CAS staff, and are trained to facilitate the study sessions using collaborative learning techniques.

Check out the schedules in the drop-down menus below to find the times and locations of SI sessions for your course.

Topics Supported by Supplemental Instruction:

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Supplemental Instruction
Course Info Day Time

MATH 104-01

SI Leader: Alina Zabihailo

Location: Myers 227

Mondays 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm

MATH 151-01

SI Leader: Natalie Danquah

Location: Myers 334
Mondays 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursdays 9:00am - 10:00am

MATH 152-01

SI Leader: Delaney Prather

Location: Myers 229
Sundays 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mondays 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Wednesdays 2:15pm - 3:15pm

MATH 152-02

SI Leader: Kiani Barnard-Pratt

Location: Myers 227

Sundays 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mondays 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Thursdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm

MATH 152-03

SI Leader: Amelia Gebhardt

Location: Myers 337

Tuesdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Thursdays 11:45am - 12:45pm

MATH 152-04

SI Leader: Bianca Durso

Location: Myers 337
Mondays 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tuesdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Thursdays 8:15pm - 9:15pm

MATH 253-01

SI Leader: Zoey Keagle

Location: Myers 228
Mondays  5:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesdays 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Thursdays 10:00am - 11:00am
Supplemental Instruction
Course Info Day Time

CHEM 105-01

SI Leader: Anastasiia Poliakova

Location: Myers 229
Mondays 5:20pm - 6:20pm
Thursdays 5:20pm - 7:20pm

CHEM 106-01

SI Leader: Marcey Peccorini Moran

Location: Myers 334

Mondays 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Wednesdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm

CHEM 106-02

SI Leader: Allyson Campbell

Location: Myers 336

Tuesdays 5:20pm - 7:20pm
Wednesdays 5:20pm - 6:20pm

CHEM 106-03

SI Leader: Anna Gwozdz

Location: Myers 334

Tuesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Supplemental Instruction
Course Info Day Time

PHYS 125-01

SI Leader: Bri Hayes

Location: Science Center 230 (Tue)

Science Center 222-E (Wed)

Science Center 209 (Thu)

Tuesdays 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Thursdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm

PHYS 125-02

SI Leader: Jack Ford

Location: Science Center 230

Mondays 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Thursdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

PHYS 126-01

SI Leader: Ryan Brant

Location: Science Center 230

Sundays 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mondays  6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursdays  5:00pm - 6:00pm

If you need assistance with a class that is not supported by Supplemental Instruction or one of the Drop-in Tutoring disciplines, please take advantage of the following resources:

  • Visiting Study Buddy office hours
  • Your instructor's office hours (you can also email your instructor to set up a meeting)
  • Peer study groups: research shows that students learn more when studying together
  • Academic Consultation at CAS: set up a virtual meeting with one of our consultants to discuss how to study more effectively, manage your time and tasks more efficiently, reduce test-anxiety, etc.

Over the past 5 years, SI has been proven to be an effective academic support for Alfred University students. The graph below shows the percentage of students in SI supported courses who received a final grade of a D, an F, or withdrew from the course (students who received a W as a result of a Leave of Absence were not included in the data set). The students were broken into two categories, those who utilized SI support (attending at least one session throughout the semester) and those who did not attend any SI sessions throughout the semester. As demonstrated, each semester the students who utilized the support have lower D/F/W rates than their peers who did not utilize SI support.  
*The Spring 2020 semester was omitted from the data set due to the COVID-19 pandemic shifting courses to an online model and opting to implement pass/fail grading for courses.  Bar graph showing students who attend SI sessions always have fewer D/F/W rates than those who do not attend

What are Alfred University students saying about SI? 

"My SI Leader really gave me a feeling of confidence to help me solidify certain ideas in chemistry."

"SI has helped me a lot! I really struggled with AP chem in high school because of not having any extra help. My SI Leader has helped me, because if I need any help, even just a small question, she is always there to answer it. I would not have a midterm grade of an A- without her."

"My SI Leader has helped me so much with understanding different topics covered in class. She is always patient and willing to answer any questions. I have been able to do as well as I have because of her!"

“My SI Leader is the only reason I am passing this course!” 

"SI has been helpful because my chemistry grade went from a C to an A. I got a 77 on the first exam and once I started going to SI sessions, I got a 91 on the second exam!"

"SI has helped me keep my grades up during my sports season, and my SI Leader explains topics in more depth and answers any questions I have."

"SI is a very helpful tool for students. It allows them to have more help outside of the classroom. Having a peer instructor is great for students who still feel a little intimidated to talk to professors. Having someone who understands the material, is closer in age, and understands the other struggles of college life can make a student open up and grow their confidence in their studies."