Supplemental instruction is a form of peer-instruction between a current student in a course and former students who have successfully completed a course. These collaborative study sessions allow for current students to seek clarification on course topics or to ask questions related to course content. This form of instruction is usually made available to courses deemed high risk—where failure or withdrawal rates are high.
Supplemental instruction involves an active learning, collaborative approach to understanding course material. Study sessions are facilitated by former students who were successful in a particular course and are often recommended by their instructor. Supplemental instruction leaders may also take notes for a course, attend lectures again, assist with course organization and can help students go about solving course problems.