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Supplemental Instruction

“SI helped me do more than simply get a good grade; it helped me to gain mastery of the material.” -- former Supplemental Instruction student.

Improve your understanding of the course material

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. Students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades are invited to participate.

  • Participation is voluntary, free, and open to all students enrolled in the class.
  • SI can help students develop essential academic and learning skills.
  • SI sessions begin during the first or second week of the quarter, before students typically encounter academic difficulties.
  • SI Leaders direct collaborative learning exercises that encourage students to take responsibility for processing course content.
  • SI students worldwide earn higher final course grades and withdraw less often than non-SI participants.

SI is available in specific class sections of certain courses at TCC. To find out if your course is supported by SI, please contact your instructor or the SI Coordinator, Elmira Utz.

Want to be an SI leader?

This is a paid leadership position with a time commitment of 8-12 hours per week. Qualified applicants will have a desire to facilitate the learning of their fellow students, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a strong recommendation from an instructor in the discipline they are supporting, and will have previously taken and been successful in the course(s) they wish to support.

Interested in applying? Visit the Careers @ TCC page. Select the job title Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader - Pool.

Contact: Elmira Utz, SI Coordinator

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