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Welcome to Supplemental Instruction (SI) at UMBC!

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support model that utilizes Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). The SI PASS program targets traditionally difficult academic courses and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions. The sessions are informal seminars in which students compare notes, discuss readings and develop organizational tools and predict test items. This form of academic assistance is attached directly to selected courses at the undergraduate, graduate and professional school levels. This program was developed at UMKC in 1973 and is used in hundreds of colleges and universities around the world.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) at UMBC began in 2009. The program name was updated in 2015 to SI PASS. The SI PASS sessions are free of charge to students and attendance is voluntary. Many students who attend one session return for other sessions during the semester. Studies show that many students who regularly attend SI PASS improve their grades. Times for SI PASS are determined by a survey of students during the first day of class. Additional review sessions are held prior to examinations. For current SI schedule click here.


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