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Supplemental Instruction

Here at El Camino College, we empower students to become successful learners every step of the way.

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

Supplemental instruction is a series of weekly review sessions for students enrolled in selected courses.

At El Camino College and other institutions of higher learning throughout the country, the SI method has been proven to help increase student understanding of course material and raise grades. Attendance at SI sessions is not mandatory, but highly encouraged.

Students have an opportunity to compare notes, discuss important concepts, and take practice tests before taking the graded exam. Students will also increase their strategies for test taking, studying and learning.

An SI Coach facilitates the SI sessions and is a student who has a high level of verified course knowledge and is trained in group facilitation.

"The SI sessions helped me to understand the class material much better, which showed on my performance on exams. I think anyone who has not taken advantage of SI workshops is missing out on a great opportunity."

What's in it for you, the student?

If you attend SI sessions regularly, there are several benefits to supplemental instruction. You will:

  • Have a much higher chance of earning a better grade in your classes
  • Develop a better understanding of course content
  • Learn more effective ways to learn the course material
  • Be a more successful learner in your other classes

Through attending SI sessions, you can also develop friendships with your peers and have a stronger connection to the El Camino College community.

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Questions? Contact Us

Luis Barrueta, M.S.

SI Program Coordinator



MBA 329

Virtual Office Hours

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.