Carnegie Mellon University

All of our programs are currently delivered using Zoom Video Conferencing. We will return to conducting in-person sessions on campus in the future, in alignment with CMU’s posture on Covid-19.

Become an SI Leader

Please note that our application season has ended until Spring 2022.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders are students who facilitate weekly out-of-class group study sessions in targeted courses which they have successfully completed. SI Leaders utilize collaborative activities to ensure peer-to-peer interaction in small groups which integrate “what to learn” with “how to learn”. SI Leaders are expected to attend lectures for the course they support and meet regularly with the professor to clarify course content and material. They must plan and implement their sessions, guiding students through the most difficult course concepts, while sharing strategies they used to be successful in the course. SI Leaders typically work 10-15 hours per week.

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 supervisor and faculty
  • Models outstanding student behavior and successful academic practices
  • Works 10 to 15 hours per week

Additional opportunities

Our student staff can also work in projects for service, outreach, and research for the SASC office.

The benefits of being an SI Leader

  • Develops leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Reinforces and builds upon your own knowledge of course content
  • Develops career competencies that prepare you for successful transition into your future workplace
  • Gain satisfaction from helping other students to succeed academically
  • Allows you to schedule your work around your classes
  • Paid on-campus position after training


  • Currently enrolled CMU student
  • Minimum QPA of 3.0 or bachelor’s degree in the discipline
  • Undergraduate students have received an B or better in the course(s) you intend to support
  • Graduate students have received a B or better in a similar course during your undergraduate experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • A commitment to helping other students learn
  • Satisfactory completion of training program


Components (all virtual)

  1. Orientation
  2. Weekly workshop/module
  3. Weekly shadowing
  4. Weekly reflection and connection
  5. Approx 3 hrs per week for 10 weeks

Anticipated Timeline

  • Orientation to happen between finals ending and graduation (May)
  • Week of May 24th - Week of August 2nd (10 weeks)
    • One module/workshop a week
    • Shadow experience
    • Weekly reflections
  • Monday, August 23rd - All-Staff kick-off meeting
    • Welcome to fall semester - get to know Student Academic Success team
    • Logistics coordinated centrally (paperwork and processes)
  • Week of August 23rd- Program area training as determined by program coordinators

Application Process

All applicants will need to
  • provide contact information of two (2) references*
  • upload an unofficial academic record

Successful applicants will
  • be contacted to schedule an interview
  • commit to attend required trainings
  • become paid peer learning support staff in the Fall after successfully completing the required trainings

The application cycle for Spring 2021 is now closed.