SI is a student academic assistance programme that increases student performance and retention. Fundamental features are that it is voluntary, student driven, cost effective, and focuses on high risk courses rather than high risk students. The SI facilitators are senior students themselves (near peers), who have successfully completed the course concerned and have received intensive training in the principles of non directive facilitation of small groups. They offer regular, out of class, peer facilitated sessions after attending the lectures, thereby integrating content with learning skills and study strategies. The programme is offered to all students, predominantly at first year level, and is embedded within the context of the discipline. The programme attempts to address students needs in a holistic approach.
A quote that explains the philosophy behind SI well is the following:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Ancient Chinese Proverb
Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731
PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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