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What is a SI Leader?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders are undergraduate students who facilitate weekly interactive, collaborative review sessions that combine what-to-learn with how-to-learn. The leader is responsible for attending lecture for the course that they support and meeting with the professor weekly to clarify course content and material. They must plan and implement their sessions using course content and various instructional techniques that encourage group interaction and study skill strategies.

What does an SI Leader do?

  • Attends all lectures, takes notes, and reads course material
  • Conducts two SI sessions per week
  • Plans interactive learning activities that integrate study strategies with course content
  • Prepares handouts with questions/problems to be covered during the SI session
  • Conducts exam review sessions
  • Attends all scheduled meetings with SI Coordinator and SI Supervisor
  • Models outstanding student behavior and successful academic practices
  • Works 10 to 15 hours per week

The benefits of being an SI Leader:

  • Develops leadership skills
  • Reinforces and builds your own content knowledge
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Gain satisfaction from helping other students to succeed academically
  • Paid campus position


  • Minimum overall QPA of 3.5
  • An "A" in the course you wish to support
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to helping other students learn
  • Satisfactory completion of SI training course


Selected applicants participate in a pass/fail training course in an interesting and fun setting. Trainees will receive 4.5 units for satisfactorily completing the nine week training course. The course includes training in: study skills, group work, role playing and facilitating SI sessions. Trainees will conduct mock SI sessions to hone their facilitation skills and will have the opportunity to work with experienced SI Leaders.

Below is a representative list of courses we support with the Supplemental Instruction program. The exact courses we will recruit for each term are listed in the application itself.

○ 03121 Modern Biology

○ 24231 Fluid Mechanics

○ 09105 Modern Chem I

○ 24261 Statics

○ 09217 Organic Chem I

○ 24262 Stress Analysis

○ 18100 Intro to ECE

○ 33141 Physics I for Engineering

○ 24221 Thermodynamics I

○ 42202 Physiology