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The Role of the SI Leader at the Mount

As a Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader, you will facilitate weekly, out-of-class, peer support sessions in an SI subject area. The sessions are held on campus and students attend them voluntarily. Your role is to provide insight into challenging concepts, encourage dialogue amongst the SI group, and to model effective study strategies within the subject area.  As an SI leader, you understand that students will be most successful when they engage in meaningful conversation about the concepts, see good examples within the subject area, and have the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in class.  

Would You Make a Good SI Leader?

If you excel in historically challenging courses, are an effective public speaker, can communicate complex ideas in a relatable way, like helping people reach their full potential, and value diversity, being an SI leader is something you should consider.  Previous teaching/facilitation experience is an asset; however, training is provided for all leaders in the SI program.

SI Leader Training

Before leading SI groups, you will receive formal training.  The topics covered in the training include:

  • Organizing SI activities for your subject area based on class lectures
  • Facilitation – leading group discussion

  • Modeling Effective Study Skills                                                                

  • Creating a safe and inclusive learning space 

  • Relationship building with students and professors

Benefits of Becoming an SI Leader

  • Develop Interpersonal Communication Skills

  • Practice Effective Time Management

  • Develop Critical Thinking Skills

  • Become a Skilled Problem Solver

  • Work Experience for Your Resume

  • Get Paid to Facilitate the SI Sessions

  • Build Leadership Skills

  • Gain Teaching Experience

  • How to Become an SI Leader

 If you are interested in becoming an SI leader, or acquiring more information about it, contact Heather Maxwell or Erin Tomlinson in the Dean’s Office, Seton 302.