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The Success of Supplemental Instruction in the General Chemistry Classroom

Supervising Faculty Member:
Susan Dawkins
Learning Resource Center


Nathaniel Grove (Senior, Chemistry & Secondary Education)

For the past three years, Supplemental Instruction (SI) has been used in the General Chemistry I classroom at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pitt-Johnstown). Unlike more traditional tutoring techniques, a trained SI leader attends all classes, meets with the instructor on a weekly basis, and finally offers several group tutoring opportunities for the students in the class each week. Since its inception, there has been a question about the effectiveness of the program. Looking at the data we have collected, we have concluded that the program is effective. This is based upon three factors:
1. Student input

2. High student participation

3. Higher course QPA for students who attend

Last Reviewed: February 17, 2005