Supplemental Instruction Leaders

Basic function

To provide academic assistance to students enrolled in selected courses by offering regularly scheduled out-of-class study sessions throughout the term; to assist in the collection and reporting of various data regarding selected courses.

Primary activities

  • Attend all class meetings of the selected course, take notes, do homework and read all assigned class materials including text(s) and supplemental readings.
  • Conduct as least three 50-minute study sessions per week throughout the term using strategies learned through the SI leader training.
  • Regularly meet with the supplemental instruction coordinator.
  • Discuss observations of the SI sessions.
  • Discuss the creation and use of SI handouts.
  • Discuss the planning of SI sessions and use a wide variety of the identified learning strategies.
  • Assist SI coordinator in training of other SI leaders.

Secondary activities

  • Provide extra SI sessions or marathon sessions as necessary (e.g. prior to major examinations).
  • Provide handouts for use during SI sessions.
  • Ascertain course requirements and maintain contact throughout the term with course professor or designated representative.
  • Meet with other campus SI leaders and supervisory staff at scheduled meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the director.

Maintenance activities

  • Complete necessary personal paperwork.
  • Attend SI leader training prior to the beginning of each term.
  • Work with the SI supervisor to select appropriate times and scheduling of SI sessions.
  • Make periodic announcements about the availability of the SI sessions to the students.
  • Ensure that midterm SI Feedback Survey and End-of-Course surveys are distributed and assist in data analysis.
  • Collect attendance data for every SI session, including student names, WIN numbers, course title, date and time of session.
  • Assist SI coordinator in the preparation of end-of-term reports and other reports as requested.
  • Maintain a professional attitude about matters such as class standards, grades and student complaints.
  • Model appropriate professional attitudes and behaviors to staff, students and to others on and off campus.
  • Provide your SI coordinator with an up-to-date schedule of your SI sessions.
  • Notify your SI coordinator in advance if you cannot conduct a session as scheduled.
  • Maintain regular working hours.

Supplemental instruction leader qualifications

  • Junior or senior standing is preferred; second term sophomore is the usual minimum.
  • Students with high academic achievement in the selected course is preferred; prior enrollment with the professor who is to teach the selected course is preferred.
  • Content competency (to be determined by the selected course professor) is required.
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills (to be determined by the SI coordinator) are required.

General information breakdown

  • Time commitment: 10 to 12 hours per week
    • Class lectures
    • Three 50-minute sessions
    • Preparation time for each session
    • Training meetings (biweekly SI/content tutor training meetings)
    • Possible exam review sessions or special projects
  • Pay rate: Variable