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Learning Support Services
221 Academic Resources Center (ARCenter)
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: 831.459.4333
Fax: 831.459.3047
Office Hours:
M-F 9:00am-6:00pm

 
Click here for the complete MSI Schedule
 

MSI will begin during the 2nd full week of the quarter. Classes have been selected; see the list below. Please see the MSI Learning Assistant if you have any questions.

Anticipated MSI Classes for Fall 2014 MSI:

  • AMS 5, 7, 11A, 11B
  • BIOE 20B
  • BIOL 20A*, 100, 105*, 110
  • CHEM 1A*, 1B*, 1C*, 103, 108A, 163A
  • CMPE 12, 16
  • CMPS 12A, 12B, 101
  • EART 110A
  • ECON 1, 2, 11A, 11B, 100A, 100B, 113
  • ENVS 24
  • MATH 2, 3, 11A, 11B, 19A, 19B, 23A
  • MUSC 30A
  • PHIL 9
  • PHYS 5A, 6A*, 6C
  • PSYC 1*, 10
  • SOCY 15, 105A
  • * Please come to the ARC to sign-up for MSI for this course. If you are enrolled in this class, you will be sent an e-mail regarding the sign-up date

Anticipated MSI Classes Winter 2015:

  • AMS 2, 5, 7, 11A, 11B
  • BIOE 20B
  • BIOL 20A, 105, 115
  • CHEM 1A, 1B, 1C, 108A, 108B
  • CMPE 12, 16, 100
  • CMPS 11, 12A, 12B, 17, 101
  • EART 110B/M
  • ECON 1, 2, 100A, 100B, 113
  • ENVS 25
  • LALS 1
  • MATH 2, 3, 11A, 11B, 19A, 19B, 22, 23A
  • MUSC 30B
  • PHIL 9
  • PHYS 5B, 6A, 6B
  • PSYC 1, 2, 10, 123
  • SOCY 10, 103A, 105B
  • What is MSI?

    Modified Supplemental Instruction gives students the opportunity to learn together in small groups led by advanced Student Learning Assistants. MSI is guaranteed study/learning time facilitated by someone who has already been successful in the class.

    How MSI works:

    Unless otherwise noted, you may attend any MSI session at any time during the quarter without making a weekly commitment. MSI sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please see the Professor or the Learning Assistant in your class for more information.

    Sign up-MSI:

    Sign-up MSI is, for the most part, run the same as regular MSI. The only difference is that students must sign-up for an MSI session during the first or second week of classes and these sessions are manditory. If a student misses more than one session, the student will be dropped from the session.

    To sign-up for MSI:
     
  • Students who are enrolled in the class will also be sent an email regarding the sign-up date. The Learning Assistant may also make an announcement in class letting students know when they can sign-up.
  • All sign-ups will be done at the LSS office, in the ARCenter, room 221. Unfortuantely, due to high demand, students can only sign-up for one MSI session the first week; after the second, students are able to sign-up for multple sessions. 
  • Note: Friends cannot sign-up friends. Students must come in themselves to sign-up. If there are circumstances preventing a student from going to the ARCenter, please contact an MSI/Tutor Coordinator.

     

    Comments about MSI

    • It's nice to have people who are all in need of help coming together. I've met new people from my class and I understand the concepts better. (Chem 1C Student)
    • The Learning Assistant included everyone and made sure every person understood a concept before moving on. (Bio 20A Student)
    • The strengths of the MSI groups were the small groups and good environment where people want to learn. (Math 3 Student)
    • The group learning that takes place during MSI sessions reinforces what you need to know. (Psych 1 Student)
    • MSI allowed me to use the terminology of literary theory with an understanding and increased comfort with the language. (Literature 101 Student)
    • The Learning Assistant didn't let people give up or pretend to understand. He was very patient and clear. (Economics 2 Student)

    Some important facts about MSI:

    • Supplemental Instruction has a successful history on more than 600 college campuses around the world.
    • National data show that students who attend Supplemental Instruction average from one half to one full letter grade above the average of the non-Supplemental Instruction group.
    • It is guaranteed study/learning time.
    MSI Supported Classes Fall 2005 No pass rate for students who did not participate in MSI No pass rate for students who did participate in MSI
    Physical and Biological Sciences Courses (Astro, Bio, Chem, Math, Physics) 19% 13%
    Social Sciences Courses (EconLALS, Psych, Socy) 13% 8%
    Engineering Courses (AMS,CS, CE) 24% 21%

    MSI Frequently Asked Questions

    Why should I go to MSI?

    MSI is guaranteed study time. The Learning Assistant received a grade of B or better in the class. He/She facilitates the group but focuses on assisting students to answer the questions themselves. Students who attend MSI 4 or more times are much more likely to not only pass the class but are more likely to receive a higher grade than students who do not attend MSI. MSI also gives you a chance to get to know others in your class in a relaxed environment.

    What can I expect from an MSI session?

    The Learning Assistant received a grade of B or better in the class. He/She facilitates the group but focuses on assisting students to answer the questions themselves. Students who attend MSI 4 or more times are much more likely to not only pass the class but are more likely to receive a higher grade than students who do not attend MSI. MSI also gives you a chance to get to know others in your class in a relaxed environment.

    When does MSI start?

    MSI generally starts during the second full week of the quarter. The actual start time is the first session after the announcement is made in class.

    When/Where is MSI held?

    To find the times and locations of available MSI sessions, go to https://eop.sa.ucsc.edu/msi/msischedule.cfm and click on the class. MSI Sessions are located in various locations across campus, including the ARCenter (which is located between McHenry Library and the Music Center) and the Oakes Learning Center.

    How are MSI times selected?

    A survey is done in class during the first few days of the quarter. The most popular times and widely distributed times are chosen.

    What if I miss the in-class announcement?

    You can go on-line to https://eop.sa.ucsc.edu/msi/msischedule.cfm and click on the class.

    Do I have to go every week?

    For most classes, weekly attendance is not required; although, students tend to get the most benefit from the MSI sessions if they attend weekly or at least 4 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. If your course has a special MSI sign-up process, it will be marked with an asterisk (*) on the MSI supported course list at the top of this page.

    Does MSI happen during finals week?

    No, unless there is a exam study session scheduled. The last MSI sessions for the quarter are held during the last week of instruction.

    How do I find out about an exam study session?

    MSI exam study sessions are limited to those who have come to MSI at least once before. The Learning Assistant will announce the study sessions during MSI sessions and an email may be sent to students who have attended sessions.

    How are classes that MSI supports chosen?

    The classes are usually large (over 50) entry-level lower and upper division courses. The courses have generally proven to be difficult for many students. Professors can also request to have MSI support for their course.

    Are MSI sessions permanently cancelled?

    MSI sessions are permanently cancelled if attendance is low. If you want the services to continue for the class, you must attend MSI.

    If I need more help, what other services does Learning Support Services offer?

    If a course is supported by MSI you must attend MSI first. If you would still like to receive additional tutoring support, please contact Learning Support Services at 459-4333.

    How do I contact the Learning Assistant?

    The Learning Assistants are in every lecture, so you can talk to them there. They generally sit near the front and in the same spot every time. Or, you can e-mail them. Go to https://eop.sa.ucsc.edu/msi/msischedule.cfm and click on the class. The e-mail is located at the bottom of this page. (Please note that MSI Learning Assistants may or may not answer questions sent by e-mail.) Of course, the best place and time to talk with them is during the scheduled MSI sessions.

    How do I find out more information about the Learning Assistant?

    You can go on-line to https://eop.sa.ucsc.edu/msi/msischedule.cfm and click on the Learning Assistantís name. Here you will find a picture, his/her person statement, the times and locations of MSI, as well as his/her e-mail address.

    Who are the Learning Assistants?

    The Learning Assistants are undergraduates who have previously taken the course and received a grade of B or better. All Learning Assistants have been recommended by a professor and many are hand picked by the professor who is currently teaching the class.

    How do I become a Learning Assistant?

    In general, the professor recommends students. If you are interested, you should let your professor know. You must have received a B or better in the class and currently be in good academic standing. We generally start to hire for the next quarter in the last few weeks of the previous quarter. Please see Student Job Listings for more details.