Become a Supplemental Instruction Leader

Have you ever wished you could do something over, knowing what you know now? SI leaders are excellent students themselves and are prepared to share with you what they have learned. SI leader is a paid student employment opportunity that involves embedding a peer coach (the “SI leader”) in a section of a course in which they’ve previously been successful. The SI leader is paid to attend all class sessions, as well as to schedule and run two, one-hour study sessions outside of class time. We provide the (paid) training, the materials, and the support you need to be successful, and there are SI-supported courses at all of our campus locations. The job is part teaching, part coaching, part modeling of successful student behavior, and it is a great opportunity to earn money and gain valuable experiences in an academic context. Interested? Connect with Terry Anderson at AndersoTerrencP@jccmi.edu.


Duties & Responsibilities

SI Leader Qualifications

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred.
  • A grade of 3.0 or above in the selected course or higher level course is required or faculty referral.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required.
  • Current JC Student (or former JC student within last academic year).

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend all class sessions.
  • Facilitate two one-hour SI sessions each week.
  • Attend monthly meetings with SI supervisors.
  • Consistent communication with the SI Faculty throughout the semester.

Responsibilities in Class

  • Take thorough notes of all lectures.
  • Model effective in-class behavior.
  • Assist students during guided practice activities.
  • Advertise SI to your class regularly and encourage students to attend SI.

Responsibilities for Planning SI Sessions

  • Select appropriate times and schedule your SI sessions.  Notify your SI Supervisor and Faculty of your session schedule.
  • Use the SI Session Planning Sheet to guide your preparation for each session. Provide a copy of the Planning Sheet to your SI Faculty before each session.
  • Incorporate collaborative learning, critical thinking, and active learning techniques into sessions, whenever possible.
  • Use the SI manual, SI Supervisors, your SI Faculty, and other resources to increase the effectiveness of your SI sessions.

Responsibilities During SI Sessions

  • Gather attendance data from all SI study sessions.
  • Create a comfortable learning environment during SI sessions.
  • Ensure students actively participate in the learning process.

Responsibilities After SI Sessions

  • Submit attendance data from all SI study sessions to your SI Supervisor.
  • Note any thoughts or ideas that the session may have generated on your planning sheet.
  • Ensure that the initial survey, any interim feedback surveys, and the end of the course survey are distributed to students.

Responsibilities as a Member of the SI Program

  • Attendance at all meetings and training workshops.
  • Responsible for regularly checking their JC employee email, and utilizing and teaching others to use the technology appropriate to their course.

Expectations of Professionalism

The behavior of the SI leader has a direct effect on the reputation and success of the SI program.

  • Model appropriate classroom etiquette.  SI leaders are presented as model students.  Therefore, SI leaders need to maintain excellent attendance in class.  They need to come to class on time, pay attention, take good notes, and participate when the instructor expects it.
  • SI leaders must be dependable.  Be on time to class, trainings, and your SI sessions.  If you have to miss or cancel an SI session, make sure you let your SI Supervisor, your SI Faculty member, and the building secretary know in advance.  Email your students and let them know.  Make sure a notice is posted outside your normal meeting space.
  • Follow classroom rules of the SI faculty regarding attire and mobile devices.
  • Maintain a professional attitude about matters such as grades and student complaints.
  • Maintain confidentiality with regards to any student grades, test results, or personal information.
  • Maintain a professional attitude about students, SI Faculty, and what you observe.