Rock Valley College

Supplemental Instruction

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program, originated at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The SI Program supports students in targeted college level courses toward academic success by integrating “what to learn” with “how to learn.” SI consists of regularly scheduled, voluntary, out-of-class, 50 minute, group study sessions driven by students’ needs. Sessions are facilitated by trained RVC students (peer leaders) who create fun and interactive group activities designed to help students learn using peer-to-peer interaction in small groups. SI targets high-risk courses that are gateway or pre-requisite courses in consultation with academic staff and is supported and evaluated by a trained supervisor.

SI is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions, as it is a voluntary program. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness and diverse backgrounds participate. 

Students attending a virtual SI Session will need to create an account through Zoom, using your RVC student email address (for example: in order to attend a virtual SI Session.

BIO 100

SI Leader: Milana Vlaovic
Email Address:

SI Sessions Zoom Links Below:

MTH 120

SI Leader:  Malek Salem
Email Address:

SI Sessions Zoom Links Below:

CIS 102

SI Leader: Shawn McLain
Email Address:

SI Sessions Zoom Links Below: 

For more information, please contact the SI Supervisor, Cindy Smaha at (815) 921-4146 or email at

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