Supplemental Instruction - (SI)

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free academic support program available at MCC. The purpose of SI is to help students better understand concepts and applications of course content while building study skill strategies, improving their overall grade. SI leaders are attached to certain difficult STEM, Health, English Language Learner (ELL) and English courses at the college and will hold regularly scheduled study sessions outside of class each week.

By attending SI sessions on a regular basis, chances are you will:

  • earn a better grade
  • better understand course material
  • teach and learn from your classmates
  • develop effective study skills that can be applied to other classes

We strongly encourage all students enrolled in SI sections

to attend the study sessions! Want to learn more about SI? Watch our SI Video on YouTube!

Please contact ACE@middlesex.mass.edu or call 978-656-3358 if you have any questions regarding Supplemental Instruction.


Check out the most recent SI data from previous semesters. Students who attend Supplemental Instruction sessions often do much better in their courses than students who do not attend.

Spring 2021 Data Highlights:

  • Average grade
    • SI Users: 3.33
    • Non Users: 2.69
  • More likely to complete course
    • SI Users: 88%
    • Non Users: 74%
  • Less likely to receive a DFW grade
    • SI Users: 10%
    • Non Users: 28%
  • Earned an A or a B
    • SI Users: 76%
    • Non Users: 57%

* C- or better

Subject

SI Users

Non Users

Computer

86%

66%

Cyber

86%

74%

Engineering

83%

63%

English

86%

51%

Math

86%

67%

Nursing

81%

67%

Science

89%

76%

 

* # SI visits = Higher grade

# Visits

GPA

# Visits

GPA

# Visits

GPA

1-5

3.32

11-15

3.32

21-25

3.55

6-10

3.25

16-20

3.35

 

 


Non User: 2.69



Retention

  • Retention rates for SI Users remained steady, and are 10 points higher than Non-Users, compared to a 5-point difference in Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 retention.

 

SI Users

Non Users

Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 Retention

63%

58%

Fall 2019 to Fall 2020 Retention

64%

54%



Last Modified: 3/2/22