Department of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Supplemental Instruction Review Sessions

This semester (Spring 2014), we are pleased to offer Supplemental Instruction (SI) in all three developmental mathematics courses:Prealgebra (math1090), Algebra I (Math 1100) and Algebra II (Math1110). 

SI Leaders and Hours for Spring 2014:

The Pre-Algebra (Math1090) SI leader is Rachel Pharis.
She will hold review sessions at the following times and places.
    Mondays     2:30 – 3:20 p.m. 1135 Schneider
    Thursdays 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. 1355 Schneider
    Fridays     Noon – 12:50 p.m. 1135 Schneider

The Algebra I (Math1100) SI leader is Valerie Gipper.
She will hold review sessions at the following times and places.
    Mondays         3 – 3:50 p.m. 2130 Sangren
    Wednesdays   5 – 5:50 p.m. 2130 Sangren
    Thursdays       5 – 5:50 p.m. 2130 Sangren

The Algebra II (Math1110) SI leaders are Raychel Figurski and Amber Haley.
They will hold review sessions at the following times and places.
    Mondays      10 – 10:50 a.m. 3130 Sangren
    Tuesdays     10 – 10:50 a.m. 1353 Ellsworth
    Tuesdays  12:30 – 1:20 p.m. 1118 Rood
    Thursdays    10 – 10:50 a.m. 3130 Sangren
    Thursdays   3:30 – 4:20 p.m. 1353 Ellsworth
    Sundays           7 – 7:50 p.m. 3130 Sangren


SI is a series of review session.  It’s a chance for you to get together with other people in your class to figure out what’s going on.  It’s a chance to compare notes, to talk about assignments, and to test yourselves before your professor does, so that when test days arrive, you’ll be ready. Throughout the semester, you’ll be working with someone who has already taken the course and remembers what it was like.  That someone is your SI leader.


SI leaders are students themselves.  They know the material; they were very successful when they took this course.  They know how to guide you through the course.  Your SI leader will be attending a section of this class every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read.

SI leaders are not teachers or tutors.  They won’t try to lecture or re-teach.  Their job is to help you think about the lectures you hear, the notes you take and the books you read, and then put it all into some kind of perspective during SI review sessions.


 Your SI leader will schedule 3 review sessions a week throughout the semester at times that are best for the majority of students.  You can attend as many sessions as you like; the choice is yours.  Each SI session will be different because you’ll have new things to talk about. SI sessions are informal; bring your notes; bring your books; bring your questions; bring a friend from class; you can even bring your lunch!


We’ve done some research to find out which courses seemed particularly difficult for students.  Whether there’s a lot of heavy reading or a great deal of new material to master, some courses are harder than others.  SI can make a difference with these courses.  Students have found it helpful to work together with other students in SI sessions.

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Developmental Mathematics Program

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5248 USA
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