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Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction provides academic support for students in large, required, and/or challenging courses. Faculty members collaborate with the SI Coordinator to identify potential SI Leaders for their courses. SI Leaders are undergraduate students who have taken the course and done well. Each SI Leader works with a specific course. The SI Leaders attend lectures, participate in class activities, and serve as model students for their peers. SI Leaders also hold regular study sessions outside of class to help students develop study skills and master the course content. Attendance in SI sessions is voluntary but encouraged.


“We discussed relevant topics to the materials presented in class and projects. Questions were always welcome and encouraged. The SI leader provided good advice and helped me understand the material in a down-to-earth and approachable manner. I looked forward to attending the SI sessions because it allowed me to connect to other students while taking a virtual/online class.” -SI participant, Summer 2021

SI “made me feel more comfortable to ask questions in class, so then going into exams and working on other assignments I was more confident in myself and my performance.” -SI participant, Summer 2021


“Being able to inspire students and help them realize that while the course might be tough it does not mean it is impossible! Also, getting to work closely with professors and students makes me think of new ways to approach content and it helps me improve my learning skills while helping students.”- SI leader Jason Martin, Summer 2021

“The most rewarding part of my job has been hearing feedback from students that they seem to actually be grasping the information better. I also quite enjoyed just developing a greater command of the material and building a foundation that could be beneficial to not just me, but my hypothetical future semester(s) at teaching others.” -SI Leader Nick Black, Summer 2021

Want to Be an SI Leader?

SI Leaders earn $14 per hour for approximately ten hours per week. Returning SI Leaders will have an opportunity to become Head SI Leaders and earn $16 per hour. To be eligible, students must have taken the course before and done well (B+ or higher). Students of all races, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, national origins, ages, disability statuses, and veteran statuses are encouraged to apply.

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Questions about Supplemental Instruction? Contact Professor Paula Prouhet, CTL Faculty Fellow for Student Support Programs, at prouhetp@umsl.edu