Learning Enhancement Center

SI Myths


Every semester, we ask students to provide us with feedback regarding our Supplemental Instruction program. Their responses prompted us to address some of the commonly held myths about academic success and the SI program.

three biology students working together in SI session

Myth One: I Can Do It Myself

Research shows that SI students score an average of 0.5 to 1.0 grade point higher than non-SI students in the same course.



Myth Two: I'm Too Busy

SI is an efficient and effective way to spend study time because the SI leader focuses on the course and structures the sessions to meet the needs of the participants. In addition, the SI leader regularly meets with the instructor and is aware of the course objectives and the instructor's style and expectations.

Myth Three: One Low Grade Won't Make That Much Difference

Criteria for admittance in many UT colleges, majors or programs include not only your overall GPA, but your major GPA. One low grade canthreaten your chances for acceptance. 


Myth Four: I Was a Good Student in High School and I Already Know How to Studymath study group

College professors expect students to spend at least two hours studying outside of class for each hour of class...more than most high school students are used to studying. Attending SI sessions insures that you get the most out of your study time.



Myth Five: I Only Need a 2.0 GPA for Acceptance into the College, Program or Major of My Choice

In 2003, students accepted into the professional division of the College of Pharmacy had an average GPA of 3.1 for the BSPS degree and an average GPA of 3.6 for the Pharm D. degree.
Last Updated: 6/26/15