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 does it work?
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
How do I become a Supplemental Instruction Leader?
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
Meet the Supplemental Instruction Team
Back row from left to right: David Pretlow (MATH 2212), Elliot Brumlow (CHEM 2410), Julia Spychalski (CHEM 2400), William Turner (POLS 1101), Brett Brock (BIOL 2110K), Payton Scott (HIST 2110), & Alice Dobosy (BIOL 2110K & BIOL 2120K)
Middle row from left to right: Victoria Rodriguez (MATH 2211), Bianca Eze (MATH 2201), Jordan Foster (CHEM 1212K), Matt Clopton (CHEM 2410), & Thais DeAlmeida (POLS 1101)
Bottom row from left to right: Halima Aweis (BIOL 2107K), Meira Robbins (BIOL 2107K), Rose Mary Thomas (CHEM 1152K), & Bri Young (BIOL 2300)
Back row from left to right: Giovani Velez (BIOL 2108K), Karan Sharma (BIOL 2107K), Adedoyin Oso (BIOL 1104K), Daniel Tehrani (BIOL 2108K), Peter-Jon Williams (BIOL 2107K), & Richard Lee (BIOL 2108K)
Middle row from left to right: Jenna Aungst (BIOL 2120K), Kayla Patterson (BIOL 1104K), David Cohen (BIOL 2300), & Saumya Bharat (BIOL 1103K)
Front row from left to right: Jaliciya White (BIOL 2110K), Yudi Liu (BIOL 3800), & Katherine Torrence (BIOL 3800)
Not Pictured: Cindy Navas (BIOL 1103K)
Back row from left to right: Sean Ray (CHEM 1211K), Oluwatoyin Olagunju (CHEM 1212K), Deshon Fisher (CHEM 2400), & Phillip Loan (CHEM 2400)
Front row from left to right: Carmen Addison (CHEM 1151K), Kristine Tran (CHEM 1211K), Gabrial Goldner (CHEM 1212K), & Grace Jackson (CHEM 2400)
Not Pictured: Racquel Escoffery (CHEM 1152K)
From left to right: Quang Bui (ECON 2105), Carlos Garcia (ECON 2105), Marina Chaji (ECON 2106), Caitlin Durgin (ECON 2105), & Yuromeng Wang (ECON 2106)
Not Pictured: Preeti Chachlani (ECON 2105), Bolivar Cardenas (ECON 2106), & Guyesha Blackshear (ECON 2106)
From left to right: Ivy Mallard (HIST 2110), Quinn Olansky (HIST 2110), Summer Clark (HIST 1112), Alexandra Hiten (HIST 2110), & Peter Nguyen (HIST 1112)
Back row from left to right: Steven Kent (MATH 2212), Neil Dane Gutlay (MATH 2211), & Brian Cabau (MATH 2212)
Front row from left to right: Swara Vyas (MATH 2212), Rachel Davis (2211), Iman Niazi (MATH 2212), & Mahsa Roosta (MATH 2201)
Back row from left to right: David Shuck (PHIL 1010), Gunnar Footh (PHIL 1010), Eric Dobbie (PHIL 2010), Hugo Alvarado (PHIL 1010), & Houston Newman (PHIL 1010)
Front row from left to right: Hanyu Liu (PHIL 1010), Courtney Klima (PHIL 1010), Matt Kelley (PHIL 1010), & Jared Corbett (PHIL 1010)
Not Pictured: Lucas Opgenorth (PHIL 1010), Rachel Lehmann (PHIL 1010), Anita Unrau (PHIL 1010), & Wardi Abdi (PHIL 2010)
From left to right: Molly Gray (POLS 1101), Victoria Justice (POLS 1101), Richard Ortiz (POLS 2401), & Mary Oguoma-Richards (POLS 2401)