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Spring 2022 Supplemental Instruction Applications are open now!

Are you interested in supporting a STEM course as a peer facilitator and learning mentor?  Do you want to share your love of your subject with others?  Consider applying to become a Supplemental Instructor for the Spring 2022 semester!  The application is available right now and will close on December 8th.  A list of courses eligible for SI support can be found in the application.  Applicants that have spoken with and received support from a faculty member teaching a Spring 2022 SI-supported course will be given priority. 

Spring 2022 Supplemental Instructor Application. (Note, you must be logged in with your Geneseo account to access the application).

 

Fall 2021 Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction will be delivered in-person this Fall.  To ensure the health and safety of students, please adhere to all campus mask and distancing requirements.  Details specific to each supported section will be provided during the first week of the Semester.

Overview

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program is designed to proactively support students enrolled in supported sections of traditionally challenging courses. SI sessions are offered up to twice weekly to help students increase their understanding of course material while learning applied study skills from a peer leader who has successfully completed the course. Through structured sessions in an academic setting, students are encouraged to work collaboratively to identify what to learn and how to learn it. International data suggests that students who regularly attend SI sessions are more likely to earn a higher grade in the course.

The SUNY Geneseo SI program is based on the model designed by the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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About Supplemental Instruction

What are the essential elements of SI?

SI targets challenging courses, rather than struggling students.  All students benefit and support each other’s learning. SI is facilitated by a peer leader who recently completed the course with an A, B, or recommendation by a professor. SI Leaders are not hired as content experts, as they are asked not to teach or tutor students. Instead, SI Leaders schedule, plan and facilitate structured study sessions each week. The SI Leader is a model student, rather than an authority figure. Having recently completed the course, SI Leaders share what it took to be successful when they had it. For example, using professor’s office hours, college tutoring centers, and peer learning groups. SI Leaders embed healthy academic routines into the course they are assigned to support. SI Leaders regularly attend the class meetings, including all quiz and exam days. This not only benefits the students, but the SI Leader’s ability to be fully in touch with what’s happening in class each day. For example, they know if they students are attending class and are aware of specific examples that the professor covers. The SI program is coordinated by Dr. Robert Feissner Geneseo faculty support the program by allowing SI Leaders to participate as a student in the class, as well as assisting us with identifying new SI Leader candidates. Regularly scheduled sessions are offered from the start of the term, and participation is always voluntary and anonymous. Program evaluation takes place to improve quality, as well as to inform campus partners of outcomes. SI Leaders meet for training at the start of each semester and engage in Geneseo’s Common Tutor Training Course.  SI Leaders meet with the Coordinator regularly during the semester ensure quality of service provided to student participants, while informing future training topics.

What is an SI Leader?

Have you ever wished you could do something over, knowing what you know now? That’s impossible, but students can come close in SI. SI Leaders are students themselves and are prepared to share with students what they have learned over the years about how to study. They are familiar with the course content and are there to help guide students through it. They will be in class every day, hearing what students hear and reading what students read. What they will not do is teach. Their job is to help students think about the lecture they hear and the books they read and then put it into perspective during SI study sessions so students can learn it more efficiently.

What's in it for students?

Supporting research has shown that students who regularly attend SI are more likely to earn a letter grade higher than their classmates that do not attend SI sessions. They will develop a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. This will help in other classes too.

When do SI sessions start?

During the first few days of class, the SI Leader will introduce themselves and ask students to take a short survey so that they are able to know when the best time to schedule sessions will be. SI sessions will be scheduled for twice a week. Students may attend both or just one. SI sessions are informal. Participants should bring their notes, textbook, homework, and QUESTIONS!

How do we know what classes will have SI?

Currently supported courses in STEM fields have been identified based on the historical rates of D, E, & W’s in the class. These courses have proven to be difficult in the past.   Academic Affairs and the Director of SI have with departments to identify the most appropriate placement of SI.

What support is available to students?

Please note that participation in SI study sessions is limited to students enrolled in the supported course section. All students enrolled in a supported section are welcome and encouraged to participate in weekly sessions for their section. We also encourage students to take advantage of the many other resources available to them, such as their professor’s office hours, or Geneseo’ Academic Support Services (https://www.geneseo.edu/academic-support-services).

How do I become an SI leader?

SI Leader Job Description

Supplemental Instruction (SI) leaders are model students who facilitate two weekly peer-led study sessions for those who are enrolled in historically difficult courses.

The essential tasks of an SI Leader are as follows:

Attend all classes, labs, and meetings for the assigned course section Plan and facilitate two weekly SI sessions, which are open to all students enrolled in the supported course section Maintain attendance records for each session

 

SI Leaders have excellent listening, administrative and organizational skills, a proven track record of outstanding class attendance and performance, and the ability to communicate effectively with peers, staff, and faculty.

If you are interested in applying or have any questions, please contact Rob Feissner, feissner@geneseo.edu.  Applications for SI leader positions will be posted below in Mid-November for Spring courses and Mid-April for Fall courses.

  • Attend SI Leader training prior to the start of each semester (1-day).
  • First Time SIs complete a 4-week Common Tutor Training course through canvas.
  • Communicate clearly with the SI Supervisor and course faculty regarding session plans and student progress
  • Attend regular check-in meetings with the SI Coordinator for updates and debriefing.
What should faculty know about SI?

Faculty currently taking advantage of SI or interested in SI for their course may refer to this list of Frequently Asked Questions about SI at SUNY Geneseo.

 


Supplemental Instruction Schedule Fall 2021

Contemporary Biology: BIOL 105-01 (Hoops)
Joshua Thomas - Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM & Thursday, 6:00-7:30 PM
General Biology I: BIOL 117-01 (Feissner, Bosch)
General Biology I: BIOL 117-02 (Bandoni-Muench, Bailey)
General Biology I: BIOL 117-03 (Bandoni-Muench, Lewis)
Nobah Islam - Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM & Friday 6:00-7:30 PM
Sophie Wiktorko - Thursday, 4:00-5:30 PM & Saturday, 12:00-1:30 PM
Chemistry I: CHEM 116-01 (Tarun)
Chemistry I: CHEM 116-02 (Van Cleve)
Chemistry I: CHEM 116-03 (Yokoyama)
Chemistry I: CHEM 116-04 (Van Cleve)
Yannis Dimitroff - Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM & Thursday, 6:00-7:30 PM
Luke North - Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM & Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 PM
Organic Chemistry I: CHEM 211-01 (Helms)
Brianna Donlon - Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 PM & Sunday, 2:00-3:30 PM
Organic Chemistry I: CHEM 211-02 (Casavant)
Vincent Scalcione - Monday, 7:30-9:00 PM & Thursday, 7:30-9:00 PM
Our Geological Environment: GSCI 120-01 (Masney)
Griffin Rose - Tuesday, 6:00-7:30 PM & Thursday, 6:00-7:30 PM
Our Geological Environment: GSCI 120-02 (Farthing)
Jeffrey Kucerak - Monday 7:00-8:30 PM & Thursday 7:00-8:30 PM
Environmental Science: GSCI 140-01 (Over)
Julia May - Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM & Thursday, 6:00-7:30 PM
Precalculus: MATH 112-01 (Rose)
Liam Dungate - Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 PM & Thursday 6:30-8:00 PM
Precalculus: MATH 112-02 (Harris)
Jordan Gould - Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM & Friday, 6:00-7:30 PM
Calculus I: MATH 221-01 (Sutherland)
Isabel Ross - Monday 6:30-8:00 PM and & Thursday 6:30-8:00 PM
Calculus I: MATH 221-04 (Ngoma)
Hannah Smith - Tuesday 6:00-7:30 PM & Thursday, 4:30-6:00 PM
Calculus I: MATH 221-07 (Kochalski)
Emilie Fallows - Monday 4:30-6:00 PM & Friday 3:00-4:30 PM
Analytical Physics I: PHYS 123-01, 02 (Osburn, Marcus)
Luis Vasquez - Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM & Sunday 3:00-4:30 PM

 

 

Contact Information

Director of Supplemental Instruction

Dr. Rob Feissner
ISC 356 (Biology Department)
Geneseo, NY 14454
Tel: 585-245-5022
Email: feissner@geneseo.edu