University of Iowa

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

Academic Success Starts at the ARC

Review. Practice. Succeed.

SI Sessions held here!

Located on the Ground Floor of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), by Hills Bank and Java House. 

The University of Iowa’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) program is a FREE, course-specific, peer-facilitated group study session that was developed to improve retention and academic success within historically challenging courses. SI sessions are held multiple times per week throughout the semester by a SI Leader. Leaders are successful students who have already mastered the course material. SI sessions are designed to be a fun and interactive way to learn the course material through group activities, discussions, and games! All you need to bring are any course materials that will help you be prepared to engage in the session.


  • Research shows that attending one 50-minute SI session is equivalent to 2 hours studying on your own.1 
  • Learn new and effective ways to study.
  • Build relationships with peers who are in the same field of study.
  • Increase your understanding of course content and earn higher grades — our program's data shows that students who regularly attend SI (on average once per week) earn one-third a letter grade higher compared to those who do not attend (e.g. B to B+).


To learn more, please watch our video, "What is SI?" below


Johnson, D. W. (1991). Cooperative Learning: Increasing College Faculty Instructional Productivity. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 4, 1991. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact 319-335-1497.

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