We encourage and facilitate active learning so our students can be competent, confident and independent learners.
By doing so, we hope to establish a learning community at Harding by partnering with faculty, staff and students to help better understand, develop and improve academic support services for all students.
Coaching & Counseling
6 p.m.–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
8 a.m.–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Get the skills and resources necessary to be successful academically, professionally and personally.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) targets difficult freshmen and sophomore level courses through weekly study sessions led by students (SI Leaders) who have successfully completed the course.
SI Leaders know the course content and are eager to help guide you through it. They'll be in class with you every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read. What they won't do is lecture; their job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read so you can learn it more efficiently.
Join us for a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, to develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test yourself before your professor does so you'll be ready.
When do SI sessions start?
SI sessions began early in the semester, so be sure to bring your class schedule to your first day of class so they can accommodate as many students as possible when scheduling sessions.
How often should I attend?
Each SI leader will set up three or more review sessions a week at times that are best for the majority of the students. You can attend one, two or all three (the choice is yours), and each one will be different because you'll have new material to discuss. SI review sessions are informal. Bring your notes, bring your textbook, and bring your questions.
Meet the SI Leaders
CHEM 121 Study Hacks: Seclude myself from the rest of the world/technology.
POLS 205 Study Hacks: Taking notes and making flash cards.
CHEM 122 Study Hacks: Using online flashcards and making/solving practice problems.
HIST 111 Study Hacks: I use my notes to recreate the lecture. Then do it again.
HIST 110 Study Hacks: Caffeine and Quizlet.
SI Observer Study Hacks: Repetition, find a study partner and create your own study guides.
CHEM 121 Study Hacks: Study daily and explain it to others.
CHEM 121 Study Hacks: When you hear it in class, you should be hearing it for the second time. Read ahead.
Apply to be an SI Leader
SI Info for Faculty
An overview of the SI program
Developed by Dr. Deanna Martin in 1973 at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that increases student performance and retention.
- The SI program targets traditionally difficult academic courses--those that have a high rate of D or F grades and withdrawals--and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer facilitated sessions.
- SI does not identify high-risk students, but rather identifies historically difficult classes.
- Assistance begins the first week of the term.
- SI sessions normally occur in classrooms near the course classroom instead of in a learning center.
- SI sessions are open to all students in the course and are attended on a voluntary basis free of charge.
- The SI leaders are the key people in the program. SI leaders are students who have demonstrated competence in this or in a comparable course.
- SI sessions are comprised of students of varying abilities, and no effort is made to segregate students based on academic ability. Since SI is introduced on the first day of classes and is open to all students in the class, SI is not viewed as remedial.
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Call Academic Advising at 501-279-4531 for additional information.
"Harding Hacks for the Academics" are presentations and workshops that offer students the opportunity to gain studying skills and include various topics aimed at fostering academic, personal and professional success.
Join us as we discuss timeless and contemporary issues and ideas.
Previous Seminars & Workshops
Federally-funded assistance program at Harding University
Lots of info on learning strategies
Advocating for individuals with learning disabilities
Study Strategies Homepage
Great resource for improving study skills
Study tips for college students
View online courses from other universities
Meet Our Staff
Kevin Kehl, Ed.D
Director, First Year Experience
Director, Academic Resources
Kevin Kehl currently serves as director of academic resource services within the Center for Student Success and is also director for HU Square 1, Harding’s first year experience program.
Kehl is an assistant professor in the College of Bible and Ministry. He has worked in Christian higher education administration for more than 18 years and has worked with first-year students in the university setting for more than 12 years.
He and his family served alongside the Kalenjin people of Kenya, East Africa, for eight years involved in church planting, leadership and community development.
Kehl is a first-generation college student and is familiar with transition having lived in 21 different houses in 10 cities as well as a considerable amount of cross-cultural living experience.
His wife, Susan, is dean of nursing; his son, Braden, teaches at Harding Academy; and his daughter, Brooke, is currently a student at HU
Stephanie O'Brian, Ed.S.
Academic Resource Coordinator
Stephanie O’Brian is the academic resource coordinator in the Center for Student Success, where she directs the Supplemental Instruction program, helps to oversee the tutoring program, and provides academic counseling and guidance for students across campus. She loves working in a place where she can share her passion and constantly serve students in various ways.
O’Brian came to Harding on a whim in 2006 and has lived in Searcy ever since. As a Missouri native, she is a huge Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals fan. She never anticipated attending a Christian university, or even working for one, but after receiving her bachelor’s in social science from Harding and falling in love with the university and the people here, she decided it was a good fit.
O’Brian went on to complete her master’s and Ed.S. in Professional Counseling from Harding. She has been in charge of the SI program since she graduated with her bachelor’s in 2010. O’Brian spends her free time as a sponsor for the lovely ladies of Chi Omega Pi, playing games with her wonderful friends, reading whatever books are recommended to her, and creating pieces of “art” which rarely get finished.