What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program utilizing peer-assisted study sessions to assist students with traditionally difficult academic courses. SI sessions are an opportunity for students to work together with other classmates to ask questions, prepare for examinations, compare notes, discuss readings, and develop organizational tools.
What are an SI Facilitator's responsibilities?
SI Facilitator are peer students responsible for leading peer-facilitated sessions per week for his/her assigned course. Primary SI Facilitator responsibilities include:
- Attending lectures with students to:
- Relearn course content,
- Take notes,
- Promote SI,
- Role Model good student behavior, and
- Prepare for SI sessions.
- Planning for SI sessions, including:
- Creating an agenda,
- Preparing worksheets or other resources, and
- Promoting session plans using the website.
- Facilitating at least 3 SI sessions every week using:
- Planned group work.
- Collaborative activities, and
- Active learning strategies.
- Participating in Staff Development Activities, including:
- SI Leader Orientation at the beginning of the semester,
- Six Large Team staff meetings,
- Individual Meetings with an SI Supervisor or Mentor,
- Observing a peer SI Leader, and
- Additional workshops you choose to best fit your skill development needs.
- Additional administrative responsibilities.
All SI Leader responsibilities typically take about 6-7 hours per week, which leaves time for other employment or leadership experiences; however, we need SI Leaders to ensure those 6-7 hours per week are dedicated to SI responsibilities.
Benefits to SI Leaders
The SI Leader position is a paid, professional opportunity ideally for student leaders who want to:
- Help peer students develop study skills.
- Build rapport with an instructor or academic department.
- Develop skills as a facilitator of learning.
- Public speaking and interpersonal communications
- Increase their knowledge about leadership, organization, and time management
- Session planning (lesson plans)
- Problem-solving and critical thinking
- Prepare to become a teacher, prepare for graduate school, or prepare for examinations (ex: GRE, MCAT, etc)
Who Can Apply:
- Undergraduate students
- Prove competency in a content area
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
- Completed targeted courses with a B or better
- Possess good interpersonal communication skills
How to Apply:
- Click on the application below
- Complete the application and reference form
- Save as: Your name_SemesterYear, ex. "AmySherman_Spring2013"
- Send to Amy Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supplemental Instruction Facilitator Application.pdf