Supplemental Instruction Open House and SI Leader Info (Feb. 21)

From Ethel Swartzendruber, Director of Supplemental Instruction:

Supplemental Instruction (SI) will hold an Open House next Tuesday, February 21, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in the first floor lobby of KRCH.  There will be refreshments and some basketball hoops to attempt. This is to help students enrolled in the SI-linked courses to be more aware of this peer-led academic resource.  Current student leaders will be on hand to help students understand what SI is and what to expect if they haven’t attended a study session yet.  There will also be an information table for students who may want to apply to be a SI leader for the fall semester.  (Our application goes live on February 22 and remains open until March 5.)


Spring 2017 Final Exam Schedules Now Available!

The Spring 2017 Final Exam Schedule has been published!  You can see the exam schedules for both final and evening exams online:

  • Click on the PDF file version to see a complete alphabetic listing of all final or evening exams.
  • Click on “Final Exam System” or “Evening Exam System” to see your personal list of final or evening exams (through Scheduling Assistant).  Change the Academic Session to “Spring 2017,” then click the Search button.

Biology Resource Center (& Help Room; Fall 2016)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, September 2, 2016:

The Biology Help Room located within the Biology Resource Center (Lilly B-401) has tutors available to help with first- and second-year biology courses during the following times.

Biology Help Room:

  • Mondays – Thursdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Fridays: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Tutors who speak Mandarin Chinese are available during the following times:

  • Tuesdays: 1:00 pm  –  3:00 pm
  • Wednesdays: 12:30 pm –  2:30 pm

The rest of the BRC including the student lounge is open 24/7.

COSINE Math and Science tutoring (Fall 2016)


COSINE (College of Science Instructional Nightly Enrichment) is a free tutoring program to help student succeed in their first year science courses. COSINE offers tutoring right in your own backyard. Our goal is to help you develop problem-solving skills needed to do your homework. Please visit one of our locations for assistance.

  • HARRISON HALL – Conference Room C110, Monday and Wednesday, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
  • SHREVE HALL – Jade Room, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 -10:00 pm

*For optimal tutoring, please bring your text books and class notes.

Suggested College School Supply List

Although there is no *official* list of school supplies published by Purdue, here is a list of items that the advisors in Exploratory Studies suggest they purchase:

  • 3-hole punch
  • Apps: Purdue (campus map, meals, etc.; Apple Store version.), Amazon Student, Boiler Guide (help resources), Purdue IPhone App, CityBus Routes, notetaking (like Evernote), time management (like Pattern or even an app to use with the Pomodoro Technique), flashcards (like Quizlet), and dictionary and thesaurus apps (like Merriam-Webster).
  • Backpack or messenger bag (with a laptop sleeve)
  • Big envelopes for keeping nice papers neat
  • Binders or notebooks
  • Calculator (wait until after the first day of math class to purchase)
  • Cold and allergy medicine
  • Colored pencils
  • Folders
  • Glue sticks
  • Headphones
  • Highlighters
  • Laptop and external hard drive backup/cloud backup (not required; Purdue has a lot of computer labs)
  • Markers – a pack of multiple colors (also good to have at least one black Sharpie)
  • Note/index cards – lined or unlined
  • Paper – both printer paper and lined paper for your binder
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Pens – standard blue and black, as well as wilder colors
  • Planner (Mortar Board planner available at Wal-mart and bookstores) or calendar app
  • Plastic sleeves for binders
  • Post-its
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Stapler – both standard sized (for your desk) and mini (for your backpack)
  • Staples (standard and mini)
  • Tape
  • Umbrella and rain boots
  • USB/thumb drive (4GB or higher)
  • White out
  • Winter clothing & jacket (flip-flops and a hoodie are NOT Indiana winter attire)

Supplemental Instruction Linked Courses for Fall 2016

Supplemental Instruction is a free, peer-taught way to get extra help in what the university considers to be our hardest courses.  SI session change weekly to stay current with the material being taught in the course.  Schedules and locations of the SI sessions can be found using the Boilerguide app. Regular attendance is the best way to improve your grade from “meh” to “excellent”!

Remember: There are notes by each linked course in MyPurdue > Registration Tab > Look Up Classes link to remind you that the course has SI support.  SI linked courses for the Fall 2016 semester include:

  • MA 153, MA 158, MA 16010, MA 16020, MA 161, and MA 162
  • CHM 111, CHM 115, CHM 116, CHM 257, CHM 12901
  • BIOL 110 and BIOL 203
  • PHYS 172, PHYS 220, PHYS 241
  • ECE 201 and ME 200
  • CS 158, CS 159, CS 240
  • AGEC 217
  • ECON 251
  • STAT 225 and STAT 301
  • MGMT 200 and MGMT 201