SI Leader Job Description
What is Supplemental Instruction?
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Supplemental instruction is a peer led academic assistance program meant to improve students’ academic performance and increase retention. SI sessions allow supplemental instruction leaders to facilitate a peer to peer learning environment.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above
- Demonstrate good interpersonal communication skills
- Receive a grade of B or better in the selected courses taken at the University (certain exceptions may be allowed on a person by person basis for transfer credits)
- Availability to attend all scheduled lectures for the course
- Available to work around 12 hours per week
Supplemental instruction leaders are responsible for facilitating peer study sessions for their assigned course. Their primary responsibilities are:
- Attend all scheduled lectures for the course
- Take notes
- Complete all the assigned homework
- Be a role model for good student behavior
- Actively advertise supplemental instruction throughout the semester
- Prepare for SI sessions
- Preparing a different worksheet for every session
- Complete any necessary reading/homework to make yourself knowledgeable
- Integrate course content with active learning skills
- Facilitate 3 SI sessions per week
- Guide students through course content related worksheets or activities
- Schedule review sessions before tests
- Engage students in active learning strategies such as review games
- Attend meetings
- Attend any and all training sessions
- Meet with the professor at least every other week
- Meet with supervisor assistants as necessary
- Additional administrative duties
- Turn in all required paperwork on time and complete
- Turn in timesheets on time and keep track of hours accurately
- Maintain a professional attitude at all times
- Notify supervisor and students in advance if you need to reschedule or cancel an SI session
- Collect data at the end of the semester for program evaluation
Benefits of the SI program
- Paid professional opportunity to help other students succeed
- Build relationships with other SI leaders and students enrolled in the course
- Build rapport with instructors, program coordinator, and director
- Develop skills in being a facilitator of learning
- Great experience to discuss during interviews and to put on your resume
Check back throughout the course of the semester for openings.
Q: Can I be a leader for a course that is not my major?
A: Yes, as long as you received a grade of B or better and feel confident with that course material.
Q: Do I have to teach class or grade papers like a TA?
A: No. This position is completely different from a TA. You should never have to lecture or grade any papers. You are only responsible for facilitating the 3 review sessions per week.
Q: Do I get to choose which class to SI for?
A: You will preference which courses you would like to SI for. We assign SI leaders to courses on a seniority basis. It is not a guarantee that you will receive those courses, but we will definitely work with you and place you in a class you’re comfortable in.
Q: What do my 12 hours consist of?
A: 3 hours will be dedicated to attending your specific class per week.
3 hours will be dedicated to facilitating sessions 3 times a week (Sunday through Thursday in the evenings). You’ll have an opportunity to preference where/when you would like to hold these sessions. Scheduling is on a first come first serve basis, so this is not a guarantee you will receive your first preferences. These sessions will be held at the same time and place every week.
1 hour will be dedicated to meetings with the professor, supervisor assistants, and the program coordinator, if necessary. These meeting times are flexible.
5 hours are dedicated to session planning, completing assignments, and reading. These hours are completely flexible and up to your discretion.
Last Updated: April 18, 2013