Want to sharpen your study skills and improve your understanding of difficult course material? Supplemental Instruction is here to help!
Students who consistently participate in Supplemental Instruction receive, on average, a half or a whole letter grade higher than students enrolled in the same course that do not attend Supplemental Instruction. Students who participate in Supplemental Instruction also acquire effective learning and test-taking strategies.
Develop your study skills, Improve your understanding of course material, Meet other people in your class
Supplemental Instruction is a free academic assistance program that uses peer-led study groups to help students in traditionally difficult courses – those with low completion rates (D’s, F’s, and W’s).
Supplemental Instruction Leaders are current Georgia State students who excelled in the course to which they are assigned. They attend the lecture along with the students and prepare activity-based sessions that correspond with the material covered in class. Supplemental Instruction sessions are informal, peer-led study sessions that provide students with an opportunity to not only engage with each other while re-enforcing course material, but also acquire valuable study strategies.
How do I use Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction is a series of regularly scheduled review/study sessions for students taking historically difficult courses led by students (SI Leaders) who have already taken the course, earned an A- or better, and have a GPA above a 3.0.
Attend a Supplemental Instruction session to:
- Develop effective study strategies and habits that lead to higher grades
- Learn how to manage academic stress and anxiety
- Establish fun and beneficial relationships with peers
- Engage in an interactive learning environment
- Maintain motivation to complete courses successful and graduate
What happens in Supplemental Instruction?
- Ask questions
- Discuss material covered in lecture
- Solve practice problems
- Compare notes
- Organize study material and maximize your study time
- Learn study techniques
- Learn how to talk to you professor during office hours
- Identify campus resources
What does a Supplemental Instruction Leader do?
- Provide assistance to students enrolled in an academically challenging courses
- Plan and facilitate out-of-class study sessions three times a week throughout the semester
- Attend all course lectures
- Attend all SI leader trainings and meetings, and complete tasks throughout the semester to enhance the SI Leader experience and SI program for students
- Assist in the collection and reporting of evaluative data regarding the selected course
SI Leaders are trained in proactive learning and study strategies as well as facilitation skills. SI Leaders are facilitators who assists students to integrate course content and learning strategies.
To become an SI Leader, you should have the following qualifications:
- Enrolled in at least half-time credit hours at Georgia State University
- Have already completed the SI course with an A- or better in a previous semester
- Enrolled full-time and/or in the required number of credits required by your program
- Be a student in the Philosophy, Political Science or Economics Departments, and be invited to apply for the position by your department the Office of Supplemental Instruction
Graduate and Undergraduate Students:
- Maintain an overall GPA of a 3.0 or higher
- Possess excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Have a working knowledge of campus resources for academic success
- Provide a recommendation from a professor; instructor in the discipline is preferred
How do I become a Supplemental Instruction Leader?
Graduate Assistantship Opportunities
What should I expect from an SI Leader in my class?
SI Leaders should:
- Maintain consistent attendance in all your lectures, with proper attention given to the material discussed
- Facilitate three sessions per week outside of class time
- Conduct ongoing communication about lecture/session material and recommendations for topics to emphasize in sessions
What shouldn't I expect from an SI Leader in my class?
SI Leaders should not:
- Grade test or quizzes
- Report students’ SI Session attendance to you
- Act in the same role as a TA
What is my role as an Instructor participating in SI?
- Encourage all students to attend SI sessions regardless of performance
- Include the SI Leader’s name and session days/times/location in your syllabus
- Meet weekly with your SI Leader for a brief conversation about what to review during their sessions
- Recommend excellent candidates for future SI Leaders during the SI Office recruiting process
Can I attend an SI session held for my class?
- So that we preserve the casual atmosphere of the sessions and keep the anonymity of SI participants, please do not attend SI sessions
Meet the Supplemental Instruction Team
Left to right:David Cohen (CHEM 2400), Thais DeAlmeida (POLS 1101), Peter-Jon Williams (CHEM 2410), Peter Nguyen (HIST 2110), David Pretlow (MATH 2212), Alice Dobosy (BIOL 2120), Alexandra Hiten (BIOL 2107)
Back row from left to right: Jeenifer Alberto -Jimenez (BIOL 1103), Indiya Mallory ( BIOL 3800), Megan Gretz (BIOL 2108)
Front row from left to right: Sahiti Namburar (BIOL 1104), Muhammed Abdullbari (BIOL 1104), Haley Dourron (BIOL 2107), Diki Gurung (BIOL 2108)
Not Pictured: Giovani Velez (BIOL 2110), Nin El (BIOL 2110)
Left to right: Harshita Yepuri (CHEM 1212), Nicole Jacob (CHEM 1151), Rachel Nix (CHEM 1152), Kenji Cabahug (CHEM 1211)
From left to right: Bolivar Cardenas (ECON 2106), Carlos Garcia (ECON 2105)
Back row from left to right: Dorian Rosenburg (HIST 2110), Christopher Alston (HIST 2110)
Front row from left to right: Parfait Siala Pezo (HIST 2110), Anu Titilayo - Samuel (HIST 2110), Azariah Knight (HIST 2110)
Not Pictured: Neil Dane Gutlay (MATH 2212), Karthik Pullella (MATH 2212), Anthony Allmond (MATH 2211)
Left to right: Nicholas Linhares (PHIL 2030), Chase Halsne (PHIL 2010, PHIL 2030), Lucas Opgenorth (PHIL 1010)
Not Pictured: Erica Ronning (PHIL 2010), Joseph Murphy (PHIL 2010)
Thais DeAlmeida (See photo under Senior Leaders Section)