Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-led group study to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses - those with high unsuccessful completion rates (D's, F's and W's). SI sessions are facilitated by SI leaders - peer students who have previously completed the targeted course and have demonstrated competency in addition to receiving comprehensive training. Each week, SI leaders offer regularly scheduled SI sessions. During a typical SI session, students engage in collaborative learning, compare and clarify lecture notes, review textbook readings, and discuss key course concepts. SI leaders do not lecture or replicate the work of faculty.

Recent SI Program Data

The fall 2014 semester represents the first full semester of SI at Skyline College using a voluntary, peer-led model similar to the internationally recognized UMKC model. Although these data represent a small total number of students and only one semester, the early results are very encouraging for improved success in Math and English. 

Fall 2014 SI Math Success Summary

Fall 2014 SI English Success Summary

What is an SI Leader?

The role of a Supplemental Instruction leader (SIL) is to assist the instructor of the parent class in guiding the students towards successful completion of the student learning outcomes for the course. To this end, the SI leader will attend the parent class 2-3 hours per week to see first hand the content, delivery, and emphases of the class. An SI leader serves as a model student, reinforces class concepts, and facilitates students' ability to solve problems.

Interested in being a Supplemental Instruction Leader?

We are always recruiting potential SI leaders!

  • Do you have experience in tutoring? Are you interested in helping other students?
  • Are you a student at Skyline College or another community college?
  • Do you have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above?
  • Apply to be an SI Leader!


Contact Us:

Michael Urquidez 
Supplemental Instruction Coordinator

David Reed
Learning Center Director



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