Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI)

What is Modified Supplemental Instruction?

Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI) provides peer-guided interactive group learning sessions attached to selected lower and upper division undergraduate courses. The goal of MSI is to have students work together in groups to discuss and master the course material. MSI supported classes are assigned 1-3 Learning Assistants who each hold four one-hour sessions per week.

Link to MSI Schedule

When does MSI start?

MSI sessions begin during the second full week of the quarter.  Once session times and locations are determined, they will be added to the complete schedule linked above and announced in class by your Learning Assistant (s).  Full sessions will have their locations removed from the schedule starting Monday, April 10th.

Do I have to sign-up for MSI?

LSS strongly encourages you to sign-up and make a commitment to attend MSI weekly. By signing-up for MSI, you are guaranteed a weekly spot in a small-group that is dedicated to mastering the content of your course. You will engage closely with your Learning Assistant and your fellow students during these sessions, developing communication and collaborative problem-solving skills that will help you excel both in your course and in your post-college career.

More info on sign-ups can be found on the MSI Sign-Ups page.

Why should you use MSI?

MSI is not meant to replace regular attendance at lectures, sections or office hours, but is instead intended to be an additional resource to help students to excel in difficult, high-impact classes.  LSS encourages students to make weekly MSI attendance a regular part of their schedule, as we have found that students who consistently attend MSI benefit the most from the program.  This is not just because of the additional study time provided by regular attendance.  By attending weekly, you are builidng relationships with your fellow students and fostering an environment of peer-learning and collaborative effort that will benefit not only yourself, but everyone in your session.


MSI Writing Workshops

MSI Good Writer workshops will be offered this spring quarter for Writing 2, Writing Across The Disciplines (WAD) and Writing 21. The Writing 2 Good Writer Workshops are for recently eligible ELWR students taking Writing 2 in the spring quarter. The Writing Across The Discipline workshop will be open to any undergraduate students taking a writing intensive class. Writing 21 workshops are open to students enrolled in Writing 21 this spring quarter


These workshops have been developed by UCSC writing faculty and are designed to help you develop as a writer. The workshops will be conducted by trained writing tutors and will be offered at various times and dates listed below. You can sign up for the whole series or individual workshops for Writing 2, WAD, or Writing 21 at Learning Support Services.

MSI Writing 2/WAD: Good Writer Workshops

Workshop Topics

  • Academic Genres: Week of April 10th
  • Moving from Summary to Analysis: Week of April 17th
  • Connecting Ideas: Week of April 24th
  • Editing Your Own Writing: Week of May 1st
  • Developing a Research Question: Week of May 8th
  • Identifying and Evaluating Sources: Week of May 15th
  • Citation Basics and Beyond: Week of May 22nd
  • Beyond Writing 2: May 29th

MSI Writing 2 Workshop Days and Times:

  • Monday, 1:20-2:20pm
  • *Tuesday, 9:50-11:20am
  • Wednesday, 5:20-6:20pm
  • *Thursday, 11:45-1:15pm

*These workshops include 30 minutes at the end of the workshop for the group to work on their own Writing 2 assignments with assistance from a writing tutor if needed.

MSI WAD Workshop Day and Time

  • Wednesday, 9:20-10:20am

MSI Writing 21: Good Writer Workshops

Workshop Topics

  • Academic Genre: Week of April 10th
  • Moving from Summary to Analysis: Week of April 17th
  • Writing for Specific Audiences: Week of April 24th
  • Identifying and Evaluating Claims: Week of May 1st
  • Connecting Ideas: Week of May 8th
  • Introductions and Conclusions: May 15th
  • Editing Your Own Writing: May 22nd
  • Beyond Writing 21: May 29th

MSI Writing 21 Workshop Days and Times

  • Monday, 12:00-1:00pm
  • *Thursday, 5:20-6:50pm
*These workshops include 30 minutes at the end of the workshop for the group to work on their own Writing 21 assignments with assistance from a writing tutor if needed.