What are SI and PPW?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Peer-Led Problem Solving Workshop (PPW) are both forms of group study sessions for students in supported courses. SI is offered for the into Biology classes. PPW is more problem-focused and offered for selected Chemistry and Physics clases. Both SI and PPW sessions help reinforce and clarify the material covered in class. Because our leaders sit in on lectures, and work closely with the professor to plan sessions, they have a clear understanding of what the professor emphasizes and what is important to review and practice. The leader acts as a facilitator. Leaders do not teach material, but rather organize activities that get students thinking about the material in new ways, questioning themselves and one another. Leaders also form activities and discussions about learning styles, study techniques, and test preparation and reflection.
"I like the laid back environment and the interactive group activities at SI. I find the discussions really helpful."
"SI sessions have not only helped me but have given me motivation to explore new topics within the bio realm. My grades so far have absolutely been a result of constant SI attendance."
Frequently Asked Questions
How is supplemental instruction different from peer tutoring?
What if the SI sessions aren't held when I can attend?
How should I prepare for an SI session?
Our SI and PPW schedules are conveniently viewable on-line in the Q&SC Schedule and Appointment System (My Academics tab on Inside F&M). From the Welcome Page, select "SI/PPW Group Sessions" from the main menu box and then choose your subject ("Physics", "Biology", etc).