Attend MSI

What is Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI)?

MSI provides a weekly meeting time where students have the opportunity to work with their peers and practice material from the course. In MSI, students can expect to acquire effective learning strategies, work with peers to understand difficult course material, and build relationships with their classmates. Sessions are facilitated by trained peer Learning Assistants who utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer interaction in small groups. MSI sessions integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn. Students who attend MSI sessions discover appropriate application of learning strategies as they work to master course content.

Traditionally, MSI is implemented in courses that may be challenging to students in consultation with faculty and department staff. MSI is also offered in select upper division courses that "core" courses in majors. 

If you are a faculty or staff memeber and would like more information about MSI, please contact Sharon Castro (stcastro@ucsc.edu) for more information about the services and how LSS can support your course. 


MSI Schedule for Winter 2019: TBA

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Most MSI supported classes also have Small Group Tutoring available for the course. For directions on how to sign up for Small Group Tutoring for a class also supported with MSI select the button below:

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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).

Do I have to sign-up for MSI?

If you want to benefit most from MSI, yes! Students tend to get the most benefit from the MSI sessions if they attend weekly or at least 6 times during the quarter. For some courses, MSI may have a sign-up procedure that will require you to sign-up for and attend a specific session each week. In MSI you can expect to 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 college career.

Specific MSI supported classes do have sign-ups which are conducted by email outreach. For Fall 2018 only BIOL 20A, CHEM 1A-01, and CMPE 16 will involve online sign-ups.