Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI)

What is Modified Supplemental Instruction?

Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI) is a weekly meeting time that is provided for all students in select courses who want to acquire effective learning strategies, work towards understanding difficult course material, and build relationships with their fellow students in an environment of peer-learning and collaborative effort.

MSI allows students to benefit from working closely with their peers to compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying the subject, and build connections with a group that is dedicated to excelling in all aspects of the course. Students are guided through this by an MSI Leader, a competent student who has already successfully completed the course. 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.


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). MSI sessions for Winter 2018 begin Tuesday, January 16th.

Do I have to sign-up for MSI?

Most MSI supported courses do not have sign-ups. Despite this, LSS strongly encourages you to make a commitment to attend MSI weekly. By attending MSI each week, you are guaranteed a seat 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.

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

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 their courses. 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, students are building relationships with their peers and fostering an environment of peer-learning and collaborative effort that will benefit everyone in the session.