SI for Students
What does a Supplemental Instruction Leader (SIL) do for me?
- Support students inside the classroom by attending class lecture, engaging in classroom discussion, and helping students with questions and confusions before and after class.
- Plan and facilitate weekly study and review sessions for the course. These SI sessions are engaging, collaborative, and non-remedial, meaning they keep up with course material and give students the opportunity to review and apply what they’re learning with support from their fellow classmates.
- Offer drop-in “office hours” for individualized tutoring assistance and questions at Eagle Study Tables.
Does it work?
Absolutely! Don’t take our word for it though. Here’s what students had to say:
- "I really enjoy SI and find SI to be very helpful! It's a much more personal environment and allows me to ask questions about whatever! My SI makes awesome exam review packets and has great activities that help me a lot." (Bailey Fast - Fall 2015)
- "Using the BIO 251 supplemental instructors has been immensely helpful in mastering this course. The [SI] instructors are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about helping you better understand the material and prepare you for tough exams and quizzes." (Meredith Phillips - Fall 2015)
- "With only two semesters of college under my belt, I can safely say that SI has been a fantastic study source for my harder classes. My current SI is great with explaining material and provides a tremendous amount of help, as well as various studying materials (and she brings us donuts!) I honestly do not know why more people do not take advantage of SI!" (Kaylin Peterson - Fall 2015)
For more data and information on the effectiveness of SI, visit our Student Success Data page.
To be eligible for the position, student must:
- Enroll at EMU for at least 6 credit hours for the semester in which they'll be employed (4+ credit hours for graduate students)
- Have at least a B+ in the course for which they will SI
- Provide a faculty recommendation related to the course (include as one of your professional references)
- Have a passion for learning and success!
How many hours will I work?
- 2.5 hours per week attending the class sessions
- 2 hours per week providing drop-in tutoring (Waived for graduate students with a full GA-ship)
- 1 hour per week meeting with your instructor
- Up to 3 hours per week completing session prep
- 2 hours per week facilitating SI sessions
You'll have about 10 hours of work for HSC each week, plus one 2-hour program meeting each month. Before the semester begins, you'll complete about 3 hours of online training modules and attend a 2-day workshop so you can practice what you've learned. We'll make sure you're prepared to be the best SI Leader you can be.