About Supplemental Instruction
What are SI leader duties and responsibilities?
SI leaders are students who have a proven success record in academics (a specific discipline, in particular), communicate well with peers, and enjoy helping others. SI leaders attend all class sessions, take thorough notes, assist students and the SI faculty during class and conduct SI sessions outside of regular class times.
SI vs. Tutor – what’s the difference?
|General Description||Model Student||Content Specialist|
|Status in Class||Peer||Academic Elite|
|Primary Goal||Lead students toward success||Teach subject matter|
|Mode of Interactions||Group Participation, collaborative learning||Mostly passive learning in response to instructor prompts|
|Instructional Duties||Leads study group, acting as a kernel for participants; Leaves teaching to the instructor||Re-lectures, re-teaches, and presents material (sometimes new) in new/different ways|
|Focus||Supports a specific course (and section)||Centers on specific subjects (e.g., Biology or Statistics)|
|Group Size||Group Sessions||Usually one-on-one|
|Approval||Requires recommendation from faculty and instructor approval||Instructor approval is not mandatory; often instructors are unaware of tutors|
|Experience||Demonstrated course competency||Specific course experience is not mandatory|
|Attendance||Mandatory class attendance||Class attendance not required|
|Learning Style||Collaborative learning||Passive learning|
|Location||Help in individual classroom and scheduled session space||Held in CSS and other official tutoring spaces|
|Instructional Mode||SI leader prepares in advance and implements session plans that correspond to class content||Students identify their needs and the specifics of their course content|
|Training||Extensive and mandatory training each semester and monthly meetings||In-house CRLA training encouraged, some PD opportunities|