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Supplemental instruction: Problem-solving workshops

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program is an academic support program for EMA 201, EMA 202, ME 240, Physics 201, and Physics 202. Each SI session is led by an undergraduate student who has taken the course the session supports and excelled in it. Sessions are held twice a week and last one hour. As with other courses, you sign up for SI through your Student Center; the program is listed as InterEGR 150. Each SI section corresponds to one of the courses SI covers (so choose the section carefully). You can also find the SI schedule at: http://go.wisc.edu/120fql. Attendance at SI sessions is mandatory for all students enrolled in the program.

The College of Engineering maintains the SI program to help students succeed in foundational courses that traditionally have proved challenging. SI facilitates learning by exposing students to course material in a less formal setting than a lecture room. SI facilitators teach students strategies for improving their problem solving skills and for achieving greater conceptual understanding. Because of SI’s smaller group size, each session has lots of open discussion and affords students the opportunity to work in groups to complete problems similar to those in homework sets and on exams.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program?

SI is a course/workshop listed as InterEGR 150 in the timetable. SI is offered by the Undergraduate Learning Center.

Who can enroll in SI?

Students who have concurrent enrollment in a course that offers SI can enroll in InterEGR 150.

When can I enroll in SI?

SI enrollment usually starts in May for fall registration and in December for spring. An email about the SI schedule will be sent by the instructor to all students who are eligible in May/December.

How do I enroll in SI?

InterEGR 150 is listed in the timetable as a zero credit class. It is under INTERDISCIPLINARY (496) in the College of Engineering. Use the MyUW Student Center and enroll in the lab that is designated for the course that you are interested in. There are eleven SI labs offered for five different courses: EMA 201, EMA 202, ME 240, Physics 201 and Physics 202. Please refer to the schedule below for the section number, place, and time for each lab.

How does SI work?

  • SI helps students master concepts covered in lectures and discussions by employing problem solving activities.
  • SI is led by engineering students who provide the worksheets and guide the discussions and problem solving sessions.
  • SI sessions meet twice a week for an hour each time. Students work in small study groups during the session.
  • Students are required to commit to attending the session throughout the semester.
  • Students will get "A" if they fulfill the attendance requirement, and "NW" if fail to do so.
  • All sessions are held in the SI room in the lobby of the Engineering Hall or in 405 Wendt Commons.  Check the Class Notes in your Student Center to see where a particular session is held.

I would like to apply to be an SI facilitator. How do I sign up?

Contact Jenny Binzley for current openings and an application for more information about SI.

I have a question that wasn't answered in this FAQ; who can I contact for more information?

You’re welcome to contact Jenny Binzley for more information about SI.

 

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Jenny Binzley, Director
Undergraduate Learning Center
College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 407 Wendt Commons
215 Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608/265-1099
jbinzley@engr.wisc.edu

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411 Wendt Commons
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