SI Leaders

SI Leaders are “near-peer” students themselves who recently earned a high grade in the course they are supporting. Faculty typically recommend the Leaders who facilitate the SI sessions. SI Leaders undergo a vigorous training process, preparing them to share with students how to effectively study for the course. SI Leaders attend the same class sessions with the current students, taking notes and listening closely to the instructor. SI Leaders prepare activities and materials for the SI sessions they lead outside of class. The SI Leader is typically supervised by the campus SI Coordinator.

Sample SI Leader Qualifications (may vary by campus):
  • Demonstrate competency in the subject and a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in the subject area.
  • Ability to orally present, communicate, and explain the steps taken to complete sample problems.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Communicate effectively and clearly.
  • Must have a positive attitude toward the subject area and academic excellence.
  • Friendly, personable, energetic, and enjoy interacting with students.
  • Able to commit to at least 8-10 hours per week for an entire semester.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (12 units or more).
  • Be eligible to work in the United States and provide appropriate employment eligibility documentation.
SI Leader, In-Class Responsibilities (may vary by campus):
  • Attend all class sessions.
  • Take lecture notes at every class session. Make note of professor’s expectations and methods.
  • Take at least the first class exam to learn the professor’s exam style.
  • Assist students during class learning activities.
  • Serve as a “model student” by being punctual, attending every class session, sitting in the front of the classroom, paying attention to class lectures, not leaving class early, and having a positive attitude toward subject matter and academic excellence.
  • Build rapport with all students in class to encourage them to participate in the SI sessions.
  • Promote SI in the classroom at least once a week (e.g., class announcements, handouts, posters, flyers, etc.).
SI Leader, SI Session Responsibilities (may vary by campus):
  • Conduct two to three SI sessions a week. Hold marathon SI sessions or extra sessions when needed.
  • Create and administer mock or practice exams/essays.
  • Integrate the review of lecture notes, textbook readings, and supplemental materials in SI sessions.
  • Embed learning strategies to help students learn “how to learn” along with “what to learn.”
  • Present collaborative learning strategies to create an active learning environment for student participants.
  • Engage students in collaborative activities that reinforce course content and teach effective academic study skills.
  • Help students refine study/learning skills such as note taking, test preparation, problem solving, test taking strategies, etc.
  • Take attendance at every SI session.
SI Leader, Meetings with Instructor (may vary by campus):
  • Meet with professor at least once every two weeks to discuss the lecture content, textbook readings, homework assignments, upcoming exams/quizzes, and proposed SI session activities/worksheets.
  • Give professor feedback on concepts that students who participate in SI sessions are having a difficult time understanding.
SI Leader, Administrative Tasks (may vary by campus):
  • Submit weekly required paperwork (e.g., timesheets, attendance sheets, session plans, etc.) to the SI Project Manager.
  • Attend all required SI training sessions and staff meetings. (Please note: Training sessions and Staff meetings take place on Fridays & Saturdays).
Benefits of Being an SI Leader:
  • Letter of recommendation for a job, scholarship, or graduate/professional program.
  • Improved leadership skills, communication skills, and public speaking skills.
  • Improved presentation skills, classroom management skills, and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent experience for future teachers, managers, or any position in leadership.
  • Excellent experience for students pursuing a graduate degree.