The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program consists of peer-assisted study/review sessions. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings and lectures, work through problems, and predict test questions. Sessions are facilitated by SI Leaders, students who have previously done well in the course and who re-attend all class lectures, take notes, and teach “how to learn” with “what to learn” strategies for the course. Attendance is voluntary. SI sessions are offered for selected courses in Chemistry, Biology, and Economics.
SI Leader Job Description:
SI Leaders are student alumni of a given course who liked the course, did well in it, and came to really understand the material. They have a knack for communicating, and really enjoy helping their fellow students. Their role is to help a new group of students understand the material in that course, by offering a combination of "what-to-learn" and "how-to-learn" sessions, preparing review sheets and practice problems, and more generally staying on top of what's going on in class and helping students understand what they are having the most trouble with. SI Leaders are expected to attend each class session and take good notes. An effective SI Leader gets to know the students in the class, making themselves available for questions. However, he or she doesn’t just hand out all the answers, but rather (where appropriate) learns how to ask questions that help students figure out the answers to their questions for themselves. To help SI Leaders get to that point, we train them in effective pedagogy.
Questions? Contact Stephanie Alden, Science Counselor at the MAX Center, and SI Program Supervisor.
- SI Leaders Intranet
- International Center for Supplemental Instruction
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