Supplemental Instruction Leader - Position Information

 

How Can I Apply to be an SI Leader?

 

To apply to be an SI Leader, submit the following typed documents via e-mail attachment to: jldavis@tcc.edu

  • .pdf Application Form (Required)
  • .pdf Recommendation Form (Minimum of one written recommendation required; additional recommendations accepted.)
  • Current Resume (Not required, but strongly preferred to support your application. Please include work experiences, colleges/universities attended, and extracurricular activities.)

What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program utilizing peer-assisted study sessions to assist students with traditionally difficult academic courses. SI sessions are an opportunity for students to work together with other classmates to ask questions, prepare for examinations, compare notes, discuss readings, and develop organizational tools.

What are an SI Leader's responsibilities?

SI Leaders are peer students responsible for leading peer-facilitated sessions per week for his/her assigned course. Primary SI Leader responsibilities include:

  • Attending lectures with students to:
    • Relearn course content,
    • Take notes,
    • Promote SI,
    • Role Model good student behavior, and
    • Prepare for SI sessions.
  • Planning for SI sessions, including:
    • Creating an agenda,
    • Preparing worksheets or other resources, and
    • Promoting session plans using the website.
  • Facilitating at least 2 SI sessions every week using:
    • Planned group work.
    • Collaborative activities, and
    • Active learning strategies.
  • Participating in Staff Development Activities, including:
    • SI Leader Orientation at the beginning of the semester
    • Individual Meetings with an SI Supervisor or Mentor,
    • Observing a peer SI Leader, and
    • Additional workshops you choose to best fit your skill development needs.
  • Additional administrative responsibilities.

All SI Leader responsibilities typically take about 10 hours per week, which leaves time for other employment or leadership experiences; however, we need SI Leaders to ensure those 10 hours per week are dedicated to SI responsibilities.

What are the outcomes of being an SI Leader?

The SI Leader position is a paid, professional opportunity ideally for student leaders who want to:

  • Help peer students develop study skills.
  • Build rapport with an instructor or academic department.
  • Develop skills as a facilitator of learning.
  • Prepare to become a teacher, prepare for graduate school, or prepare for examinations (ex: GRE, MCAT, etc).

SI Leaders earn (Approximately $10.00 per hour, 10 hours per week, for 16 weeks).

 

SI Position Qualifications

 

Minimum Qualifications Needed to Apply:

Qualifications are listed below. For special circumstances, please follow the links provided after each qualification. Students interested in the SI Leader position who do not meet all general qualifications are encouraged to contact the SI Coordinator to discuss your circumstances.

Minimum General Qualifications:

  • Meet the following GPA conditions:
    • Must have an existing TCC minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Must have a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher for the most recent semester completed. (Exceptions or variations for most-recent semesters that included study abroad, co-ops, or other experiential opportunities.)
  • Must be able to complete all staff development responsibilities, including attending SI Leader orientation and meetings.
  • Must be friendly and enjoy working with people.

Minimum Course-Specific Qualifications:

  • Must have completed the course at TCC or approved universities, earning a A grade.
  • Must be able to attend all scheduled lectures for the course.
  • Must be able to plan and facilitate at least two 50-minute SI sessions per week.
  • Must have demonstrated content knowledge in the subject area of the course.

 

Frequently Asked Questions and Exceptions

 

I am currently enrolled in a course for which I want to apply to be a Leader. Can I apply before I receive my final grade?

Yes, you can apply to be an SI Leader for the upcoming semester if you are still enrolled in the course. If your final grade has not been determined by the time you apply, please have your current instructor complete the Current Grade Form (.pdf). This form will be used to guage your current progress in the course. If you are offered a future SI Leader position prior to completion of the course, your offer will be conditional until your final grade in the course can be verified.

Can I be a Leader for a course while I am enrolled as a student in the course?

No.

Can I apply to be a Leader for a course that I have tested out of, or a course that I will not take at TCC?

For some courses, we will consider you as a candidate for a course you will not take at TCC, if you have already completed related, higher-level coursework. Some examples:

  • An applicant who has completed MATH 173 (or higher calculus courses) can still be considered for MATH 270.
  • An applicant who has completed CHEM 121 (or higher general Chemistry courses) can still be considered for CHEM 1.
  • An applicant who has completed PHYS 201 (or higher Physics courses) can still be considered for PHYS 100.

You may also apply for SI Leader positions for courses you completed at another institution, assuming you understand that the course content at ISU may differ from your own experience. You will need to provide a transcript showing the grade received in the course.

Can I be a Leader for a course that is not in my major?

Yes. Many courses for which SI is offered are required for a variety of majors, which means you will have the content knowledge needed for the course for which you will be a Leader.

Can I apply anytime? --or-- What if I miss the deadline?

We accept applications at any time from individuals who want to be considered for any future SI Leader openings. It is generally best to apply as soon as you are interested, even if you are unable to complete page 4 of the application.

We have a "priority deadline" for each semester. SI positions are for one semester at a time. The priority deadlines coincides with the reapplication process for experienced Leaders who want to return for another semester. Applying by the priority deadlines guarantees all qualified new applicants an interview, and equal consideration for open positions.

Priority Deadlines are:

  • November 15 (for Spring SI Leader positions)
  • June 14 (for Fall SI Leader positions)

Once the priority deadline passes, we continue to accept and review applications for positions that remain open on an on-going basis. Hence, we suggest that you submit an application at any time as an expression of your intent, and we will follow-up with you as we have openings fitting your interests.

Training and Support of SI Leaders

We provide new SI Leaders with an initial training and orientation to the position and program, which is scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday before classes begin each semester. Throughout the semester, all Leaders experience on-going training designed to help Leaders develop strategies to strengthen skills. We believe every skill Leaders develop is transferable to numerous future careers. We do not provide SI Leaders with training in any specific content area (ex: math), which is why this knowledge of the content is expected prior to application and why Leaders attend class with the students.

 


 

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Learning Assistance Center, Portsmouth Campus
757 822-2709 or jldavis@tcc.edu