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What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free academic assistance program that utilizes out-of-class, peer-facilitated review sessions.  Supplemental Instruction targets traditionally difficult academic (Gateway) courses – those that have a high rate of D or F grades and withdrawals.

Who are Supplemental Instruction Leaders?

SI sessions are facilitated by “SI leaders”, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.  SI leaders receive comprehensive training by a trained and experienced SI Coordinator.

What is the role of a Supplemental Instruction Leader?

  • Attend all class sessions
  • Schedule 3-4 hours of out-of-class sessions each week
  • Help students understand course concepts and study skills
  • Help students foster connections with support services
  • Demonstrate successful academic strategies and habits

What happens in a Supplemental Instruction session?

The SI sessions include informal reviews in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and predict test questions.  Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working collaboratively.

What is the Purpose of SI?

  • To increase retention within targeted historically difficulty courses
  • To improve student grades in targeted historically difficulty courses
  • To increase the graduation rates of students

Who can benefit from the SI Program at BMCC?

  • Students who attend SI sessions report improved study skills and higher course grades.
  • SI Leaders learn to mentor others, report on the process and develop professional relationships with faculty members.
  • Faculty benefit from having SI support in their classes and are more connected with the needs of their students.

Contact Information:

Nandrani Algu, LRC Tutorial/SI Manager
Email: nalgu@bmcc.cuny.edu

Learning Resource Center
Room: S510 
Phone: 212 220-1383
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LRC Office Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

When no classes scheduled, the LRC will be opened: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact Us
Tutorial Program: (212) 220-1383
Computer Labs: (212) 220-1381 or 1382
E-Tutoring: (212) 220-1380
Online Tutoring: (212) 220-8359
General Info Email: lrc@bmcc.cuny.edu
Tutoring Email: lrctutoring@bmcc.cuny.edu
Online Tutoring Email: onlinetutoring@bmcc.cuny.edu