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What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic enrichment program that is offered in historically difficult courses (high rate of D, F, and withdrawals). SI is designed to supplement - not replace - class lectures. SI discussion and review sessions are facilitated by trained student SI Leaders who have already completed the course. SI sessions are interactive and collaborative. Students who attend sessions learn to integrate how to learn with what to learn. It's a chance for classmates to get together outside of class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, and to develop strategies for studying the subject in a structured environment.

Benefits of SI:

  • SI sessions are open to all students enrolled in the class
  • SI sessions are structured study sessions
  • Students become actively involved in subject material
  • Reduction of attrition rates in historically difficult classes
  • SI students earn higher subject grades and withdraw less often than non-SI participants

Expectations of Faculty:
SI is not intended to create extra work for you. You can support SI by granting time for occasional in-class announcements and be supportive of the program by encouraging all students to take advantage of SI. We also would like you to have brief regular meetings with your SI Leader.

What is an SI Leader?
An SI Leader is a student who functions as a "model student." The SI Leader is a facilitator, not a mini-professor. SI Leaders are supervised by CAS faculty and participate in extensive training in SI principles and techniques, both before and during the semester. SI Leaders attend selected classes to keep up with the content being presented and to model effective student practices. The SI Leader schedules and conducts three to five group meetings a week at times convenient to members of the class. During these sessions, the SI Leader uses interactive learning strategies which encourage student involvement and comprehension of subject content. In addition, they will incorporate demonstrations of effective study techniques.

Primary SI Leader Activities:

  • Attend class for selected SI course
  • Conduct 3-5 study sessions per week (3-6 hours per week)
  • Meet with SI Supervisor weekly

SI Leader Qualifications:

  • Must be enrolled in 6 units
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0
  • Content Competency (Letter from instructor and/or course completion with grade of B or higher)
  • Good interpersonal/communication skills
  • Flexibility in schedule for a variety of SI session times

Time commitments for SI Leaders:

  • 10-12 hours a week (includes attending class, prep time, SI sessions, weekly meeting with SI Supervisor)
  • SI Leader training (prior to start of semester)

How is an SI Leader selected?

An SI Leader is a student who has demonstrated proficiency in a targeted subject and has undergone SI training. Faculty members partner with CAS to help select good candidates for SI Leader positions. The SI Supervisor interviews potential candidates to ensure that all qualifications are met.

Is Supplemental Instruction (SI) right for you?

Next steps for Faculty:

    • Talk with student(s) who may qualify to be an SI Leader for your class next semester.
    • If students are interested and meet qualifications, please send the student to CAS to pick up an application and to schedule an informational meeting with April Hennessy, SI Supervisor.

Next steps for Students:

    • Pick up application from Amy Hughes in CAS
    • To submit an application and schedule an interview, please contact April Hennessy: 895-2941 or







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