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 a learning environment which encourage students to discuss, practice, inquire, apply, interpret, and analyze course material in a collaborative group setting. SI leaders incorporate effective learning strategies and study strategies that will help students learn how to master course content on their own.

What is SI?

  • SI is an academic support program attached to historically challenging courses at the College of Charleston.
  • The program attempts to improve student performance by providing regularly scheduled out-of-class study sessions facilitated by a SI leader.
  • Three sessions are held weekly for students in the SI-supported course, each lasting 50 minutes.
  • 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:

  • Have taken and have excelled in the course.
  • Come highly recommended by their professors.
  • Attend intensive and on-going training on conducting SI sessions and facilitating student learning effectively.
  • Are supervised by a trained professional staff affiliated with the College of Charleston’s Center for Student Learning.
  • Attend class alongside students, take notes, participate in class activities and do assigned readings.


  • $9.50 per hour (8-10 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.
    • learning 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.
    • facilitating activities to help you learn the language (vocabulary) of the discipline.
    • conducting 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?

New applicants can fill out an application.

Interested in learning more before you apply? Contact Kait Lamontagne.