Rock Valley College

Supplemental Instruction

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program, originated at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The SI Program supports students in targeted college level courses toward academic success by integrating “what to learn” with “how to learn.” SI consists of regularly scheduled, voluntary, out-of-class, 50 minute, group study sessions driven by students’ needs. Sessions are facilitated by trained RVC students (peer leaders) who create fun and interactive group activities designed to help students learn using peer-to-peer interaction in small groups. SI targets high-risk courses that are gateway or pre-requisite courses in consultation with academic staff and is supported and evaluated by a trained supervisor.

SI is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions, as it is a voluntary program. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness and diverse backgrounds participate.  The current SI targeted courses are: CIS 102 D060, CIS 102 D020, MTH 120 D020, BIO 100 D005 and CHM 120 HYD01.

For more information, please contact the SI Supervisor, Cindy Smaha at (815) 921-4146 or email at

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