Education Abstract

Projects in Education:

The Success of Supplemental Instruction in the General Chemistry Classroom

Nathaniel Grove
(Senior, Chemistry & Secondary Education)


Supervising Faculty Mentor: 
Susan Dawkins



Learning Resource Center

For the past three years, Supplemental Instruction (SI) has been used in the General Chemistry I classroom at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ).  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; and (3) Higher course QPA for students who attend.