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Supplemental Instruction (SI)

What is it?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized academic support program and has been proven to increase student success for those who engage in the learning process. At Tulane, students see the best GPA outcomes when they attend five or more SI Sessions. Based on traditionally difficult courses at Tulane, SI is a non-remedial approach that offers regular weekly review sessions outside of class in which students:

  • Work collaboratively in reading discussions
  • Practice problems
  • Compare notes
  • Work together to prepare for tests
  • Share ideas for improving learning

Who facilitates SI? 

Regularly scheduled SI sessions are facilitated by trained Peer Tutors — undergraduate students who have previously taken the course and demonstrated academic success in that particular subject area. The Peer Tutor connects with the students who are taking that class for the first time. They sit in on class lectures, take notes, and act as a support system to those currently taking the course. Additionally, the Peer Tutor creates and facilitates follow-up study sessions throughout the week based on the course syllabus, faculty recommendations, the students’ needs, and what’s been going on in the class.

Why SI at Tulane? 

SI is a free, voluntary opportunity for all students enrolled in a course that supports SI. Students who participate in SI can expect to:

  • Engage in group learning
  • Practice study and learning strategies
  • Review class material and prepare for quizzes and exams in a collaborative learning environment

If you are a faculty member interested in having Supplemental Instruction for your course, please contact Christie Kahil at ckahil@tulane.edu for more information.

Apply to be an SI Leader.

Current SI Schedule

The current SI Schedule will be posted after the first week of class. If you are in an SI class, your SI Leader will be sending out a Doodle Poll to choose the best times for your weekly sessions.  Please respond to the Doodle Poll so your SI can pick a time that is convenient for most people.

SI sessions are open to all student in a course, even if they are not attending the specific section indicated below.  Please note, however, that different sections may move through the material at a different pace or in a different order.  Check with the SI leader for the section to determine if they are covering the same material.

Calculus

MATH 1150 (all sections) Long Calculus I | SI Leader Brett McSherry

Monday 4:00 - 5:00 PM in Boggs 122

Thursday 6:00 - 6:00 PM in Boggs 242

MATH 1150 Long Calc I with Dr. Stafa | SI Leader Nicholas Nguyen

Sunday 4:00 - 5:00 in Boggs 122

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 in Boffs 243

MATH 1210 (all sections) Calculus I | SI Leader Chinwe Orie

Sunday 6:00 - 7:00 PM in HTML B11

Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 PM in HTML B11

MATH 1210 (all sections) Calculus I | SI Leader Addie Duncan

Sunday 4:00 - 5:00 PM in Boggs 105

Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 in Boggs 105

MATH 1230 (Hebert) Stats for Scientists | SI Leader Peyton Saiontz

Monday 5:00 - 6:00 in HTML B09

Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 in HTML B12

MATH 1230 (Lacey) Stats for Scientists | SI Leader Brian Weithers

Sunday 6:00 - 7:00 in HTML B10

Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 in HTML B10

Chemistry

CHEM 1070 Gen. Chemistry I with Dr. Lopreore (all sections) | SI Leader Joshua Riklan

Sunday 1:00 - 2:00 in Jones 102

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 in Jones 204

CHEM 1070 Gen Chem I with Dr. Fink | SI Leader Brock Headen

Sunday 11:00 - 12:00 in Boggs 104

Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00 in Boggs 104

CHEM 1070 Gen. Chemistry I with Dr. Rubtsov | SI Leader Cathleen Kuo

Tuesday 5:00 - 6:00 in Boggs 105

Friday 5:00 - 6:00 in Boggs 105

CHEM 2410 Organic Chemistry I with Dr. Gibb | SI Leader Yichi Zhang

Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 in HTML B12

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 in HTML B12

Economics

ECON 1010 Microeconomics with Dr. Weiss | SI Leader Sarah Ruffin

Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 in HTML B09

Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 in Tilton 305

ECON 1010-03 with Dr. Pritchett | SI Leader Emily Hart

Sunday 1:30 - 2:30 in HTML B10

Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 in HTML B09

ECON 1020 Intro to Macroeconomics with Dr. Collins | SI Leader Murad Luradji

Sunday 6:00 - 8:00  in HTML B11

Monday 6:00 - 8:00 in HTML B11

Cell and Molecular Biology

CELL 1010 Intro. to Cell & Molecular Biology with Dr. Vijayaraghavan | SI Leader Alex Ledet

Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 in Boggs 243

Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 in Jones 204

CELL 1010 Intro to Cell & Molecular Biology with Dr. Vijayaraghavan | SI Leader Albert Howell

Sunday 5:00 - 6:00 in Jones 204

Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 in Jones 204

CELL 2050 Genetics with Dr. Vijayaraghavan | SI Leader Chase Goldberg

Sunday 12:00 - 1:00 in Jones 102

Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 in Jones 108

 

CELL 2050 Genetics with Dr. Vijayaraghavan | SI Leader Joshua Linhuber

Sunday 11:00 - 12:00 in HTML B17

Thursday 7:00 - 8:00 in HTML B17

CELL 3750 Cell Biology with Dr. Dotson | SI Leader Trever Roy

Sunday 3:00 - 4:00 in HTML B09

Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00 in HTML B09

CELL 4490 Anatomy with Dr. Garner | SI Leader Peter Michalakes

Sunday 4:00 - 5:30 in Boggs 240

Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 in Boggs 105

CELL 4010 Cellular Biochem with Dr. Abboud | SI Leader Chris Carter

Sunday 3:00 - 4:00 in HTML B15

Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 in HTML B15

Neuroscience

NCSI 3300 Brain & Behavior with Dr. Black | SI Leader Macy Komnick

Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 in Boggs 105

Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 in HTML B15

NSCI 3300 Brain & Behavior with Dr. Fadok | SI Leader Aisling Byrne

Sunday 3:00 - 4:00 in HTML B11

Thursday 7:00 - 8:00 in Jones 108

CELL 3310 Cellular Neuroscience with Dr. Tasker | SI Leader JC Begley

Sunday 4:00 - 5:00 in Boggs 239

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 in Boggs 239

CELL 4530 Psychopharmacology with Dr. Dohanich | SI Leader Grant Rauterkus

Monday 5:00 - 6:00 in Flower 200

Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 in Flower 200

Physics

PHYS 1310 Gen. Physics I with Dr. Norton | SI Leader Riley Sinnott

Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 in Boggs 242

Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 in Boggs 239

Engineering

ENGP 2010 Circuits with Dr. Sanchez & Dr. Morris | SI Leader Nicholas Harris

Sunday 5:00 - 7:00 in Boggs 122

Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 in Boggs 122

BMEN 2430 Mechanics of Materials with Dr. Barrios & Dr. Raymond | SI Leader Emma Rogers

Sunday 12:00 - 1:00 in Boggs 239

Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 in Boggs 240

Accounting

ACCN 2010 Financial Accounting with Dr. Smith | SI Leader Bryant Nguyen

Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 HTML B11

Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 HTML B07

ACCN 3010 Managerial Accounting with Dr. Lynch | PASS Leader Grayson McCall

Sunday 4:00 - 6:00 in GWBC 112

Thursday 7:30 - 9:30 in GWBC 112

Faculty Testimonials 

"I have only heard positive reviews from the students who have found the review sessions very helpful, especially for exam preparation. I think that this program can be beneficial for many courses here at Tulane." - Professor Kevin Morris, Department of Philosophy

"Students benefit from SI because they tend to get a peer's perspective of preparing for the exams." - Professor Meenakshi Vijayaraghavan, CELL1010 Intro to Cell & Molecular Bio

"The SI program provides my students with one-on-one time with a peer, which makes them feel more comfortable about asking questions about lecture content, homework, and exams." - Professor Michelle Sanchez, School of Science and Engineering

"SI provided my students a great role model for learning Chinese, giving them a very realistic goal and easing any anxiety they have about learning and speaking a foreign language." - Professor Nina DeMare, Asian Studies