Attend MSI

Spring 2020 Remote Learning: MSI

  • Attendance: You do not need to sign-up ahead of time and can join the Zoom link listed in TutorTrac at the scheduled start time.
  • If you want to add an MSI session to your schedule ahead of time, you can sign-up more than 24 hours in advance of the session and then join the Zoom link listed in Tutor Trac at the scheduled start time.

  • Quarter Commitment: Students tend to get the most benefit from the MSI sessions if they attend weekly or at least 6 times during the quarter. However, you can attend an MSI session without committing to any additional MSI sessions.

  • What to Expect From Remote MSI this Quarter: At the start of the session, your tutor will take attendance and address any technological issues. During the session, the tutor may invite you to use Zoom features, such as breakout rooms, screen-sharing, virtual raising hands, and the Zoom Whiteboard. Be sure to check out Zoom tutorials and resources so that you are ready to interact with your peers! Please be respectful and patient as people learn how to effectively use video conferencing and online services.

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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 the appropriate application of learning strategies as they work to master course content.

Traditionally, MSI is implemented in courses that may be challenging for 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 member and would like more information about MSI, please contact Sharon Castro (stcastro@ucsc.edu), Sarah McKay Strobel (smstrobel@ucsc.edu), or Lexie Tapke (ltapke@ucsc.edu) for more information about the services and how LSS can support your course. 

Why should I use MSI?

If you would like to work with your classmates, have structured practice time, and learn study strategies, MSI is the place for you. In MSI, you can expect to work collaboratively with your classmates. MSI is intended to be an additional resource to help you catch up, practice course concepts, and excel in your class.

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. Students who attend MSI weekly typically see grade increases. MSI has helped students increase from a C+ to a B-. 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.


MSI Schedule for Spring 2020 will be available online on TUTOR TRAC Friday, April 3

Select buttons below for links:

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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 Zoom Links are determined, they will be added to TUTOR TRAC, where you can access the information starting this April 3rd. 

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 through Tutor Trac. 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.