Union College provides an academic assistance program known as Supplemental Instruction (SI) that is proven to increase student academic performance.
Each semester, courses that have been deemed academically challenging are selected for SI. Student leaders who have previously excelled in the designated courses are selected by the instructors of the courses to attend each class session, take notes and participate in class discussion, and hold three study sessions each week outside of class. SI is introduced to the students the first day of class, and the sessions are composed of students with varying academic abilities which provide a supporst system within the group. The concept of collaborative learning in a relaxed atmosphere helps students develop and integrate effective learning and study strategies while mastering course content.