Impact of supplemental instruction on achievement of technical college students in college algebra
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Increasingly, students are enrolling in college who are less prepared for college academics, and require remedial courses. The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program is one remedial program that may aid in student success in college level courses. Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program, which employs instructor specific peer tutoring. An experimental study, as designed at a 2-year technical college in Georgia, was used to examine the usefulness of SI in supporting student achievement in college algebra. Supplemental Instruction was conducted for a randomly assigned group of students for the first 5 weeks of a 10-week quarter. Upon completion, students completed a midterm achievement assessment between those who participated in SI and those who did not. The results were not statistically significant, meaning that statistically there was no difference between those students who participated in Supplemental Instruction and those who did not participate.