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. 

Current SI Targeted Courses:

BIO 100

SI Leader: Hannah Breault
SI Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday – 10:30-11:30am in JCSM 0208

CHM 120

SI Leader: Jenelle Kerry
SI Sessions: Thursdays from 8-9am and 9-10am in the JCSM 2104

CIS 102

SI Leader: Shawn McLain
SI Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3pm in WTC 1310

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

  • Supplemental Instruction Sitting in a Group 2019
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  • Supplemental Instruction Cindy Teaching
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  • Supplemental Instruction in a Group Circle 2019