Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions in targeted courses for students taking historically difficult courses. SI is provided for all students in those courses who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. SI gives students the opportunity to get together with classmates to compare notes, discuss concepts, develop study strategies, and test themselves before the professor does. An SI leader, who is an ASC instructor or a competent upper-level student, guides students through the material. Attendance is voluntary. Click here to see the latest SI list (PDF).
Content Area Tutoring
The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides peer tutoring free of charge to Otterbein students in all content areas except Modern Languages & Culture and Music (the departments provide tutors for these disciplines). All tutoring takes place in Courtright Memorial Library and students may receive up to 3 hours of tutoring per week for each course.
Qualifications of peer tutors:
- Recommended by instructors
- Earned an A or B in the courses they tutor
- Possess strong content knowledge, study strategies, and communication skills
- Hired, trained, and supervised by the Academic Support Center
Tutors help students clarify course content and refine their academic skills through individual or small group sessions. Tutors work with students to help students become successful, independent learners. During sessions students and tutors may: review class notes, texts, or homework problems; complete practice problems or exercises; discuss course content; create study materials; or develop manageable study plans for tests, quizzes, and projects. Tutors do not correct homework problems or proof essays.
Students meet with tutors to:
- Clarify course content and ask specific questions
- Practice applying and integrating course concepts
- Review material by explaining course material to the tutor
- Ensure the regular study of material by scheduling a weekly appointment
- Fight procrastination by structuring regular study time for a course
To request a tutor students should complete the online Content Area Tutoring Request Form.
Once students submit the request, they will be contacted via email by the appropriate tutor within 48 hours to schedule the initial tutoring appointment. The message from the tutor will ask what the student would like to cover during tutoring sessions and offer several options for meeting dates and times.
In rare cases the ASC may be unable to find a tutor for a particular course. When this occurs, the student requesting the tutor will be notified and is encouraged to use the instructor’s office hours to review course content. In addition, students can work with an ASC staff member to explore effective study strategies and create study plans.
Students using ASC tutoring are expected to:
- Know what they want to cover. Bring pertinent texts, notes, assignments and--most of all--your questions. The more specific your purpose, the more on target a tutor can be.
Attend all class sessions. Your notes from class are the best resource on course content and determining exactly how your instructor is prioritizing the information.
- Complete all assigned reading prior to the tutoring appointment. This will give you the necessary foundation to talk about the material with your tutor.
Attempt the homework questions or assignment before you meet with your tutor. This will help you identify the specific areas you need help with.
Create a plan for how you want to spend the time in your tutoring session. If you take control of the session format you will receive the assistance you want more quickly than if your tutor sets the agenda.
Schedule your next appointment at the end of each session. Regular review is the key to understanding course information.
Arrive to appointments on time. If you need to cancel an appointment, please notify your tutor at least 24 hours in advance.
Please contact Penny Sens or Kristy Drobney in the ASC if you have questions about tutoring or need additional assistance.