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SI programme

To ensure that you have the best possible conditions to complete your education, the faculty offers a so-called SI programme. SI stands for Supplemental Instruction and is offered on selected courses. At the SI sessions, which are held once a week, you meet a student who has already taken the course. Together you go through and discuss selected parts of the course content and learning outcomes.

Participate in the faculty's SI programme

As a student on a Bachelor Programme in Science, you should be offered SI sessions on at least one course. On average, SI sessions are given on two courses at each department within the faculty. The courses often come at an early stage of your education, so that you can quickly benefit from the working methodology introduced at the SI sessions.

How the SI sessions work

The SI sessions are voluntary and take place once a week. Each session lasts about two hours, including a coffee break. The sessions are led by a SI leader – a student who is trained in the SI method and has taken the course in the previous year. The atmosphere at the sessions is relaxed and safe, there are no "stupid" questions.

Each session begins with the participants agreeing on the purpose and content of the session together with the SI leader. If the participants have no ideas of their own, the SI leader will help with suggestions. A session can have several purposes and you can work in different groups and with different themes. For example:

  • Terminology – how do I explain the terms in a comprehensible way?
  • Difficult components – have I really understood how it works?
  • Practical exercises and problems – how should I think?
  • Study technique – how can I work on the different parts of the course together with my classmates?
  • Studying for the exam together – what should I focus on?

Benefits of participating

  • You can get better grades
  • You can increase your chances of passing the course and gaining your credits
  • You will learn good study techniques and get the opportunity to immerse yourself in the course content
  • You will have the opportunity to network with other students

What previous participants say

When we asked previous participants what they thought was the best thing about the SI programme, some of their answers included:

  • "I was able to ask about things I did not understand during the lecture"
  • "I was able to ask more questions than I had time for during the lectures"
  • "I was able to ask questions that I did not dare to ask the lecturers"
  • "I could work at my own pace"
  • "The SI leader has taken the course and was therefore able to see the difficulties from my perspective"


Contact the faculty's or the department's supervisor if you want to learn more about the SI programme.

Faculty of Science:
Supervisor: Helena Elvén Eriksson
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Centre for Mathematical Sciences:
Supervisor: Anna-Maria Persson
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Department of Biology
Supervisor: Jep Agrell
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Department of Chemistry:
Supervisor: Sophie Manner
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Department of Geology:
Supervisor: Mikael Calner
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Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science:
Supervisor: Helena Elvén Eriksson
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Department of Physics:
Supervisor: Johanna Nilsson Onsberg
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Do you want to become an SI leader?

Read more about the assignment as SI leader (

For more information on how to apply, please contact the supervisor at your department.