Supplemental Instruction

This page addresses the following topics

  •  What is supplemental instruction
  •  How can I apply to be an SI Mentor
  •  Responsibilities of SI Mentor
  •  Benefits of being a SI Mentor
  •  Qualifications
  •  Training and Support
  •  Current SI sections

 

What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program utilizing peer assisted study sessions to assist students with traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are an opportunity for students to work together with other classmates to ask questions, prepare for examinations, compare notes, discuss readings and develop organizational tools

 

How can I apply to be an SI Mentor?

If you are interested in being an SI mentor we urge you to contact the department chair of the course you are interested in. Once they have met with you and selected you as a mentor they will refer you to the SI program office for the official hiring paperwork.

 

Responsibilities of SI Mentor

Mentors are expected to:

  • Attend every class meeting
  • Take notes on the material covered in the lectures
  • Meet with students outside the classroom every week
    • The time is determined b the amount of units that correspond to the course (i.e. English 21=3 units, therefore the mentor must meet with the student 3 hours a week outside of the classroom)
  • Develop a schedule for meeting that meets both mentor and mentees availability
  • Make announcements in class about where SI session will be held
  • Advertise all hours for SI sessions clearly on a flyer
  • Be punctual and present at the SI session location
  • Develop a working relationship with the professor for the course
  • Attend a training session at the beginning of the semester.
  • Promote the SI program
  • Additional administrative responsibilities

 

Benefits of being an SI leader

 The SI leader position is a paid, professional opportunity ideally for student learners who want to:

  • Build rapport with an academic department
  • Develop facilitation skills
  • Review an academic discipline in preparation for an advanced degree
  • Help peer students develop study skills

 

Qualifications

  • Be a full time student (OSS students may enroll in 6 units or more) at LACC or at a 4 year university
  • Completed course with a grade of “A” or “B”
  • Available to work for 15 hours per week
  • Mentors must be able to attend ALL class sessions
  • Mentors must enroll or have completed Learning Skills 24A: Theory and Practice of Tutoring. This is a mandatory course of all LACC campus tutors have to take
  • Must have an established LACC minimum cumulative G.P.A. 2.5
  • Must have a semester GPA of 2.5 or higher for the most recent semester completed
  • Attend a mandatory orientation
  • They must complete and process all paperwork prior to the first week of the semester
  • Eligibility for English 28 or ability to communicate as determined by the SI coordinator

 

Training and Support

We provide all SI mentors with an initial training and orientation to the position and program, which is scheduled before the Fall and Spring semesters begin. We believe that every skills leaders develop is transferable to numerous future careers. We do not provide SI mentors with training in any content area, which is why this knowledge is expected prior to application.

 

Current SI Sections

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