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Becoming an SI Leader FAQ

   What is an SI leader?

For all intents and purposes, SI leaders are tutors, but the two jobs differ slightly. Whereas tutors support general subjects, like biology or mathematics, SI leaders support specific courses, like BIO 2423 or MATH 1302. Also, SI leaders are paid to attend the targeted classes and design SI sessions (group study) based on the lectures. It is important to emphasize that SI leaders neither teach nor instruct – they lead and facilitate group study.

A typical SI session is an hour-long meeting with students from the targeted class, which may include a review of the lecture and assigned readings, group work and discussion, problem-solving techniques, critical thinking activities and practice exams. The SI leader’s role is to assist students in understanding the course material, developing sound study skills and preparing for exams.

The SI leader knows how to be successful in the targeted course because of his or her own experience – having already taken the course and demonstrated competency by earning at least a B.

The SI leader knows how to study, what to study and what material to focus on as well as how to fulfill the instructor’s classroom expectations. More importantly, the SI leader knows which successful study strategies will facilitate all of these things. The SI leader passes on his/her “know how” to students so that they, too, can be successful.

   As an SI leader, what will be my role in the lecture class?

Your role is a silent one – you are there to take notes and absorb the material so you can assist students. In essence, SI leaders model effective classroom behavior.

   I do not have any tutoring experience. Can I still work as an SI leader?

Yes. Regardless of experience, we train all those hired as SI leaders. While prior tutoring and peer mentoring is helpful, we know many students have not had that opportunity. SI also goes beyond traditional tutoring and mentoring because SI leaders are trained in study skill assessments, collaborative learning techniques and group facilitation.

   What are the SI leader requirements?

  • Be a second-semester sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student.
  • Have attended ASU for at least one year.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Earned a grade of B or better in your SI-supported course.
  • Be recommended by the department and/or faculty.
  • Complete an application.
  • Successfully interview with the director of SI.

   How many hours can I expect to work?

SI leaders work up to 15 hours each week. They are required to attend all lectures, attend meetings with the SI director and the course instructor, and prepare for and hold three to five hours of regularly scheduled group study (SI sessions) each week.

   How much does this job pay?

Starting pay for SI leaders is $9 an hour. SI leaders are paid for all work completed toward their SI sessions, including prep work, reading the text, attending lectures and all meetings. SI leaders also have an opportunity to achieve professional tutor certification at three levels. Each level offers a raise in pay.

   Is SI unique to Angelo State University?

No, it is not. SI was designed and developed in 1973 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Today, there are more than 1,800 SI programs throughout the United States and 30 countries.

   Does SI cost anything for students?

No. SI is free, and students can attend as many SI sessions as they wish.

   What will I gain from working for SI in the Center for Academic Excellence?

  • Mastery of the course material.
  • Great teaching and tutoring experience for future teachers and those interested in graduate school.
  • A connection between you and ASU.
  • Development of interpersonal and group communication skills.
  • A nice paycheck every month.