ARMAS in Education Center

Achieving in Research, Math, and Science

Supplemental Instruction / Essential Elements of Supplemental Instruction

​Supplemental Instruction is designed to provide structured group study sessions that integrate study skills and course content utilizing collaborative learning techniques.  

- SI targets historically difficult subjects rather than students

- SI sessions are peer facilitated and at no cost to students

- The SI leader serves as a model student

- SI sessions integrate content in learning skills

- The SI leader attends the targeted class lectures/labs

- The SI leader receives training

- The SI programs is supervised

- Faculty support the program

- SI employs regularly scheduled sessions

- SI is subject to program evaluation 


Students Showcase Studies at Research Day 2015 ​Psychology graduate student Sierra Fernandez, right, explains her thesis study, A Hypothetical Scenario Experiment Investigating Forgiveness Aversion and Forgiveness, to fellow psychology graduate student Max Yost at the 13th Annual Research Day at Highlands April 10. Hernandez, a 26-year-old from Las Vegas, won second place in the student research poster competition judged by Highlands professors. Her thesis adviser is psychology professor Ian Williamson. For the first time, this year students organized Research Day and the focus was entirely upon student research. Students in forestry professor Sara Brown’s ARMAS Scholars Seminar organized the event.  For more pictures of research day visit our Facebook



About Purplemath

Elizabeth Stapel: The primary developer of Purplemath and the author of its lessons is Elizabeth Stapel. Though she now has a master's degree in mathematics, she never would have believed while growing up that she would one day be a math teacher. In grammar school, her two worst subjects were math and phys-ed ("physical education"). For her high-school years, her parents sent her to a religious school where the prevailing philosophy seemed to be that women needed to be married, not educated. (Yes, those kinds of places still exist.) Upon graduation, her parents put her to work at their church and then at their religious business. After five years of barely paying her, her parents finally had no further use for her and allowed her to try college, so she enrolled at the local state school. One of her first classes covered early-high-school algebra.


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