Supplemental Instruction At Purdue University: Benefiting Everyone Chris A. Pommer English 106 August 7th, 2003
Supplemental Instruction (SI) has helped a large, diverse group of students over the years. However, only a maximum of 10% of students at Purdue attend these programs during the year. WHY? • Often, students preconceive SI as only being for underprivileged students. • Students tend to be independent, wanting to complete things on their own. • Students are unaware of the help that is available to them or are ill-informed about the accessibility of the program. • Students say that they are unable to attend these programs because of time constraints.
Why should ALL students take advantage of the SI programs here at Purdue? • SI has been shown to help all levels of academic students, from underprivileged to average and beyond. • SI offers more than the academic help but also tries to offer the student a positive academic and social environment. • Through SI programs we learn to be helped and from these experiences we learn to achieve and succeed, helping us to strive to do better. •According to Vincent Tinto, “a student’s decision to persist or withdraw is a longitudinal process that is dependent on his or her academic and social experiences in college.”
STUDENTS Participate and volunteer your help. Form small personal study sessions together, that emulate SI sessions. Inform other students, invite them to join you at a session. FACULTY Use a little bit of class time to tell students about SI sessions. Work with students personally, give them good advice and refer them to SI. Understand that students are stubborn, don’t give up too easily. What can students and faculty do to help ensure that students are being helped?
Students and faculty can do a lot to help but we need a solution that can reach many more students. Therefore, I am proposing the following solution.... • Supplemental Instruction shall become a seminar course that is included into the curriculum of some of the schools at Purdue. • This course should follow the lecture of one of the students “high-risk” courses. • This SI course will be very similar to the layout of an SI session. •Since SI has had it’s best results helping conditional students the new course should be tested in the Freshman Engineering curriculum, where there are many of these students.
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