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.

Supplemental Instruction Leader vs. Tutor

Scenarios SI Leader Teacher’s Assistant
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
Orientation Student-Oriented Instructor-Oriented
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