Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about S2I
What is the Supplement to Instruction Program?
The Supplement to Instruction Program (S2I) is a program where student leaders facilitate study sessions for a particular course. The S2I leader is paid to attend the lecture and then plans activities to structure the study sessions. Most S2I Leaders work 6-8 hours a week, but may increase their hours by tutoring in addition to being an S2I Leader. Generally, S2I leaders are recruited from a list of outstanding students generated by the faculty teaching the course that is supported by the Supplemental Instruction Program.
Is S2I effective?
Grade analysis indicates that students who attend S2I consistently earn higher grades that those who do not. In most classes, the difference is 1/2 a letter grade, although in some classes the difference has been as high as 1 and 1/2 letter grades.
How long do the sessions last – can I attend part of a session?
S2I sessions are generally 60-90 minutes long, but may vary depending on the content currently being studied. Students are welcome to come late or leave early as schedule permits or as needed.
Is S2I similar to the lecture?
No! S2I is much more active than lecture. You should not expect to sit and listen to an expert--you should expect to be working with other students under the guidance of an experienced student.
How often do I need to attend S2I?
There is no set requirement for the number of S2I sessions you need to attend. However, many students find that coming only right before tests, while helpful, is not as effective as coming periodically throughout the semester.
What if I can't attend S2I and/or need additional support?
We believe the course instructor is the best source of assistance. Additionally, we have tutors available, free of charge, for many courses at WSU. Use TutorTrac to arrange a 1 on 1 appointment or to find a tutor with drop-in tutoring times.
How do I qualify for S2I?
If you are a Winona State student enrolled in the course you “qualify” for attending S2I sessions!
Is there a cost to attend S2I sessions?
There is no cost to attend any of the S2I sessions.
How do I become a S2I leader?
- Applicants need a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher with a minimum of 32 credits completed (12 credits must have been completed at WSU).
- A or B in courses they would like to tutor.
- Students must be enrolled with 6 or more credits each semester they tutor.
- Applicants need good communication skills and must have the ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds and with varied skill levels.
Applicants must have a completed recommendation form from a faculty member in each subject area you would like to tutor (i.e. Accounting, Economics, Math).