Supplemental Instruction

As part of the Teaching + Learning Commons, the SupplementaI Instruction (SI) program provides academic support for students who are enrolled in courses that have been challenging to students in the past.  SI Leaders attend all lectures alongside the students who are enrolled in the course, so they always know what is happening in the class. In SI sessions, SI Leaders do not re-lecture or introduce new material. Rather, SI Leaders are trained to maximize active student involvement with the course material and to integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn; as a result, students who attend SI sessions understand the material better.

SI Schedule

To view all upcoming Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions for the current academic quarter, visit SI schedule.

SI Session assist students in:

  • Adjusting quickly to university life (first year and transfer students);
  • Acquiring a clear view of course direction and expectations;
  • Developing their independent learning and study skills to meet the requirements of higher education;
  • Enhancing their understanding of the subject matter of their course through collaborative group discussion;
  • Preparing better for assessed work and examinations by achieving many strategies for success.

SI Leaders during sessions are responsible for:

  1. Creating agendas for each of their SI sessions.
  2. Planning their sessions with a clear focus on group techniques and activities to ensure active discussions rather than re-teaching course content.
  3. Teaching learning skills such as problem-solving, revision and exam techniques, or note-taking.
  4. Emphasizing conceptual understanding and problem-solving techniques rather than providing specific answers to questions from practice exams, homework, or discussion.
  5. Building and maintaining a sense of community among group members, thereby, creating a fun, informal environment conducive to learning and asking questions.

SI Leaders benefit from their work by:

  1. Helping other students enhance their understanding of science and math subject matter through collaborative group discussion.
  2. Gaining valuable management experience as a facilitator in a peer-based group.
  3. Develop excellent facilitation skills.
  4. Maintain familiarity with course content for tests like the MCAT, DAT and GRE.
  5. Develop strong communication, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  6. Earn hourly pay.

For more information about becoming a SI Leader, click here

If you have any questions or concerns about Supplemental Instruction at the Teaching + Learning Commons, then please contact

For more information, visit the International Center for Supplemental Instruction.


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