Supplemental Instruction Helps Students Succeed

Feb. 13, 2020


THINK TANK is one of the many teams that make up the SSRI department and advances student success. Services are available to students online and across campus to provide the tools needed to understand complex concepts and to thrive academically. Thanks to generous funding provided by the University’s Strategic Plan, the THINK TANK team has been able to increase its reach and resources to students by expanding Supplemental Instruction to MATH 112 courses.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free service that provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class study sessions for students interested in receiving additional academic support. This resource targets courses rather than students, and focuses on high stakes classes, including STEM, as well as courses required for professional schools. By highlighting classes where students struggle the most, THINK TANK supports students’ learning and academic development by building a strong math foundation for STEM and non-STEM majors on their journey to graduation and beyond.

“I like this style of learning together with someone who's been in the course before. I learn about not only the course material, but also testing strategies and other tips on how to study. Learning with other people and being able to help others when they have a question also helps me solidify my grasp on certain topics. I also find it helpful to see what questions other people have because it may be something I didn't even realize I didn't know.” - Arizona student

Supplemental Instruction is a student-centric and innovative way to increase teaching and learning opportunities at the University of Arizona by improving students’ study and collaboration skills. Providing this resource for students, by way of funding from the University’s Strategic Plan, THINK TANK is improving students’ self-efficacy, metacognition, and transferable skills that enhance a students’ ability to succeed academically. By expanding programs such as Supplemental Instruction, we are progressing to meet our goals of increasing persistence and degree completion for all students at the University of Arizona.