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SI Leader Job Description

What is Supplemental Instruction?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a peer led academic assistance program meant to improve students’ academic performance and increase retention. SI Leaders to facilitate a peer-to-peer learning environment in weekly study sessions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at Texas A&M University
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Grade of B or better in the selected courses taken at the University (certain exceptions may be allowed on a person by person basis for transfer credits)
  • Be able to attend all scheduled lectures for the course
  • Be able to work approximately 12 hours per week

Responsibilities:

SI Leaders are responsible for facilitating peer study sessions for their assigned course. Their primary responsibilities are:
  • Attend all scheduled lectures for the course
    • Take notes
    • Complete all the assigned homework
    • Be a role model for good student behavior
    • Actively advertise SI to the class throughout the semester
  • Prepare for SI sessions
  • Prepare a different worksheet for every session
  • Complete any necessary reading/homework to make yourself knowledgeable about current course material
  • Integrate course content with active learning skills
  • Guide students through course content using related worksheets or activities
  • Schedule review sessions before tests
  • Engage students in active learning strategies such as review games
  • Attend any and all training sessions
  • Meet with the professor at least every other week
  • Meet with supervisor assistants as necessary
  • Complete and submit all required paperwork on time
  • Submit timesheets on time and keep track of hours accurately
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times
  • Notify supervisor and students in advance if you need to reschedule or cancel an SI session
  • Collect data at the end of the semester for program evaluation
  • Facilitate 3 SI sessions per week
  • Attend meetings
  • Additional administrative duties
In addition, SI leaders must consider themselves responsible for the future success of the SI program.

Benefits of being an SI Leader:

  • Assume a paid professional opportunity to help other students succeed
  • Build relationships with other SI Leaders and students enrolled in the course
  • Build rapport with instructors and SI professional staff
  • Develop and sharpen facilitation skills
  • Add student leadership experience to your resume and as a discussion point in job interviews

FAQs

Q: Can I be a leader for a course that is not my major?

A: Yes, as long as you received a grade of B or better and feel confident with that course material.

Q: Do I have to teach class or grade papers like a TA?

A: No. This position is completely different from a TA. You should never have to lecture or grade any papers. You are only responsible for facilitating the 3 review sessions per week.

Q: Do I get to choose which class to SI for?

A: You will preference  courses in which you would like to be an SI. We assign SI leaders to courses on a seniority basis. It is not a guarantee that you will receive those courses, but we will definitely work with you and place you in a class you are comfortable leading.

Q: What do my 12 hours consist of?

A: The twelve hours are broken down as follows:
  • Three (3) hours will be dedicated to attending your specific SI class.
  • Three (3) hours will be dedicated to facilitating sessions three times a week (Sunday through Thursday evenings).  You will have the opportunity to preference where/when you would like to hold these sessions.  Scheduling is on a first come, first serve basis.  It is not guaranteed that you will receive your first preferences.  Your SI Sessions will be held at the same time and place every week.
  • One (1) hour will be dedicated to meetings with the professor, supervisor assistants, and the Program Coordinator, if necessary.
  • Five (5) hours are dedicated to session planning, completing assignments, and reading.  These hours are completely flexible and up to your discretion. 

For additional information, contact the Academic Success Center at 979-458-4900.

Upon review of the applications, selected applicants will be contacted via email and asked to respond to additional questions.  

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