Center for Teaching and Learning

Supplemental Instruction and PALS


Supplemental Instruction is a program that places student tutors in courses that have high attrition rates. Supplemental Instruction leaders are students who have completed the course successfully. They attend each class and schedule weekly study sessions that are open to all students enrolled in the class.

Faculty interested in working with a Supplemental Instruction student leader are asked to review the Frequently Asked Questions and to complete the SI Request Form PDF

Students identified by faculty to be SI leaders should complete the Application for Student Employment available at:

Submit the application to the Center for Teaching and Learning, 519 Lucas Hall.

Workshops for UMSL Tutors
The Center for Teaching & Learning is excited to offer tutors the following best practices workshops in the first two weeks of October. Each 50-minute workshop will be held in Lucas 589 and comes complete with materials and additional digital resources.

Tutoring Mode: What Does It Take to Attract students to tutoring? Get students to do the work? Make a great tutoring session?
October 4, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.; Room Location: Lucas 589
October 5, 2012 at 10:00
a.m.; Room Location: Lucas 589

Cool, Calm, and Collected: Tutoring Relationships that work
October 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.; Room Location: Lucas 589
October 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.; Room Location: Lucas 589

Keeping Track: 3 Ways to Show You Make a Difference
October 11, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.; Room Location: Lucas 589
October 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Room Location: Lucas 589

The Peer Academic Leaders (PALS) program prepares students as leaders for their work on campus with other students. The program is open to all students who are employed as peer tutors, peer advisors, student assistants, lab assistants, supplemental instruction leaders, or in other capacities where their work is with peers and has an instructional focus. PALS participants may also be graduate students working with undergraduates, but whose responsibilities differ from those of teaching assistants.

PALS orients students to:

Peer Academic Leaders (PALS) training sessions
All Supplemental Instruction leaders and undergraduate tutors assisting departments at UMSL are expected to attend a Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) training session early in the semester.

Provide yourself with the latest information about university rules and regulations and Federal law concerning privacy, dishonesty, diversity, discrimination, and sexual harassment.

Register now for the Peer Academic Leader Seminar (PALS) Training. The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering two training sessions this fall semester:

Friday, August 24, 2012--1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.-- Location: Lucas 589
Friday, September 14, 2012 -- 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. -- Location: Lucas 589


Can't make either of the sessions? Email Chani Smason at to arrange an alternate time!