Specialized workshops are offered including those aimed at significantly increasing student's understanding of financial aid and scholarships. There is a full-time Advisor dedicated to assisting students with their academic and career related goals.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that takes a non-remedial approach to learning enrichment that increases student performance and retention. SI sessions are facilitated by a Supplemental Instruction Leader. SI offers regularly scheduled, out-of-class group review sessions to all students enrolled in a targeted course. Group review sessions are informal seminars in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and prepare for examinations. Students learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills.
Group Review Sessions
Group review sessions are scheduled throughout the quarter. At each session, the SI leader will guide the students through the course concepts. SI leaders will help students make good use of their time and share the strategies he or she used to be successful in the course.
Students who attend SI sessions statistically earn better grades. Research shows that students regularly average one half to one full letter grade higher than their classmates who choose not to attend. Students are also able to transfer the skills they learn to other classes that do not offer SI support. SI sessions are free. Students are encouraged to come as often as they like, however, the statistics show that the more students attend, the better their grades are.
How to Know if Supplemental Instruction is Offered for Your Class
If a Supplemental Instruction component is offered for your class, the SI leader will make an announcement about sessions during class time. SI sessions typically start the first or second week of the quarter.
University Studies 100B: Transfer Student Seminar
This course is a local requirement for all new students entering CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. It is designed to assist students in their first quarter with the transition to the university and the quarter system. Topics covered are related to time management, financial literacy, career planning, and graduate school preparation. The course also introduces students to key resources on campus.