Rock Valley College

Supplemental Instruction

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program, was created at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The SI Program is a non-remedial approach to learning that supports students toward academic success by integrating “what to learn” with “how to learn.” SI consists of regularly scheduled, voluntary, out-of-class group study sessions driven by students’ needs. Sessions are facilitated by trained RVC students (peer leaders) who utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer interaction in small groups. SI is implemented in high-risk 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.

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