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What is an SI Leader?

The What and Why of SI!

SI Senior Leaders

What is a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader?

SI provides a series of weekly study sessions that focus on active learning of course content. SI Leaders facilitate an active learning environment which encourage students to discuss, practice, inquire, apply, interpret, and analyze course material in a collaborative group setting. SI leaders also develop sessions which model effective learning strategies and study strategies that will help students learn how to master course content on their own.

More About the SI Program

  • It is an academic support program attached to traditionally difficult science and mathematics courses.
  • The program attempts to improve student performance by providing regularly scheduled out-of-class study session facilitated by an SI leader.
  • Sessions are scheduled 3 times per week for 1 hour.
  • Students are encouraged to try and attend at least one of the three SI sessions per week.
  • The SI leader guides the students through course material by facilitating group discussion on important concepts; helping students develop appropriate learning strategies and study strategies; helping with problem solving methodology, and actively engaging students in learning.
  • SI is NOT just for students who are doing poorly in the class. Any student who wishes to improve their understanding of concepts discussed in the course is encouraged to go to SI; however, attendance is voluntary.

SI Leaders...

  • are usually upper level students (juniors or seniors) who have taken this course before and have excelled in the course.
  • are students who have excelled in their courses and come highly recommended by their professors.
  • attend intensive and on-going training on conducting SI sessions and how to facilitate student learning effectively.
  • are supervised by a trained professional staff affiliated with the College of Charleston's Center for Student Learning.
  • are themselves students in the course in that they attend class, take notes, participate in class activities and do assigned readings.


  • $9.50 per hour (8-9 hrs per week)
  • Eligible for salary increase at third semester
  • Promotions available to Senior SI Leader after one semester of employment

What can you expect to do during an SI session?

  • SI leaders generally come prepared with something for the students to do. Such as:
    • working in teams on practice quizzes.
    • learning problem solving techniques.
    • how to take, review and organize your notes effectively.
    • predicting test questions and learning more about the kinds of questions that may appear on exams or quizzes.
    • activities to help you learn the language (vocabulary) of the discipline.
    • critical reviews of your exams to help you tailor your studying to fix common test-taking problems.
    • SI Leaders DO NOT re-teach or re-lecture. They are trained to facilitate learning.

Interested in applying to be a SI Leader?

Once complete, please send application as an email attachment to Kait Lamontagne.