Faculty play a key role in the success of Supplemental Instruction. As a mentor your teaching expertise and knowledge provides an excellent resource for the SI Leader, both for their own personal development and the development of the students in your course. Additionally, it models student-faculty interaction, which demonstrates to students that you are the most valuable resource in the class. Communication between SI Leaders and instructors provides an opportunity for you to receive feedback on areas where students are struggling.
What are the goals of the SI program?
The goal of SI is to help students succeed in the course by helping them understand how to learn course information and concepts. This is done by:
- Modeling study skills strategies that students can use in their own studying and are transferable to other courses.
- Helping students understand how to plan for the demands of college-level courses by providing frequent interactions with and guidance by a successful college student (the SI Leader).
- Using effective collaborative learning strategies (study groups) to enhance their understanding of course material.
- Providing ongoing discussion from the SI Leader and their peers to deepen understanding of course content.
- Helping student become more independent learners by assisting them to develop and use course resources (lecture notes, text, supplements etc...) effectively.
- Providing assistance with test-taking skills.
Expectations of Faculty
- 30 minutes a week talking with the SI Leader about course content.
- 10 minutes on the first day of class to introduce SI to your students.
- Responding to surveys regarding performance of SI Leaders each semester.
- Communication with SI Coordinator throughout the semester.
- Sharing scores after each exam with the SI Coordinator for purposes of tracking SI outcomes.
- Recommendations for new SI Leaders each semester.
SI Leaders are Resources
We hope you will view your SI Leader as a resource. They are encouraged to interact with students in class as much as possible when you feel it is appropriate for them to do so. Specifically SI Leaders are trained to:
- Understand the process of learning.
- Encourage interaction between you and your students.
- Be peer mentors and role models for your students.
- Help your students discover and apply new learning strategies.
- Structure group activities so students will learn collaboratively.
SI Leaders are trained NOT to:
- Give answers to students or do work for them.
- Teach, grade, or give the impression that they can do these things.