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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 for more information.

Fall 2018 SI Schedule

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.


MATH 1150 (all sections) Long Calculus I | SI Leader Sam Vancini

Sunday, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Howard Tilton B09

Thursday, 7:00-8:00 PM, Howard Tilton B09

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

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 PM, Howard Tilton B07

Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 PM, Howard Tilton B07

MATH 1220 (all sections) Calculus II | SI Leader Lorelei Brand

Sundays, 1:00-3:00 PM, Hebert 201

Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM, Howard Tilton B07


MATH 1110-02 Statistics & Probability with Dr. Dupre | SI Leader Brianna Young

Sunday 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Howard Tilton B10

Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Howard Tilton B10


CHEM 1070-40 Gen. Chemistry I with Dr. Lopreore | SI Leader Nina Bharadwaj

Sundays, 1:00-2:00 PM, Boggs 104

Thursday, 7:30-8:30 PM, Boggs 122

CHEM 2410-01 Organic Chemistry with Dr. Jayawickramarajah | SI Leader Jason Hyman

Monday, 5:30-6:30 PM, Jones 204

Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 PM, Jones 204

CHEM 2410-03 Organic Chemistry I with Dr. Gibb | SI Leader Yichi Zhang

Monday, 7:00-8:00 PM, Howard Tilton B11

Saturday, 3:00-4:00 PM, Howard Tilton B11


ECON 1010-05 Microeconomics with Dr. Weiss | SI Leader Sarah Ruffin

Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Newcomb 115

Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 PM, Newcomb 120

ECON 1020-04 Macroeconomics with Dr. Rioja | SI Leader Peter Kintner

Sundays, 3:00-4:00 PM, Jones 204

Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 PM, TBD

ECON 1020-03 Macroeconomics with Dr. Weiss | SI Leader Olivia Thurmond

Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Tilton Library B07

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 PM, Tilton Library B07

Cell and Molecular Biology

CELL 1010-02 Intro. to Cell & Molecular Biology with Dr. Vijayaraghavan | SI Leader Sai Nedu

Sundays, 3:00-4:00 PM, Howard Tilton B09

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Boggs 243

Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Boggs 243

CELL 1010-01 Intro to Cell & Molecular Biology with Dr. Vijayaraghavan | SI Leader Albert Howell

Sunday, 2:00-3:00 PM, Boggs 242

Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Boggs 242

CELL 2050-02 Genetics with Dr. Vijayaraghavan | SI Leader Chris Carter

Sundays, 2:00-3:00 PM, Howard Tilton B07

Thursday, 7:00-8:00 PM, Howard Tilton B07

CELL 3750-01 Cell Biology with Dr. Dotson | SI Leader Anna Johnson

Monday, 7:00-8:00 PM, Jones 204

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Jones 204


NCSI 3300-01 Brain & Behavior with Dr. Black | SI Leader Sean Byrne

Sundays, 2:00-3:00 PM, Jones 108

Tuesday, 6:00-7:00 PM, Howard Tilton B11

NSCI 3300-02 Brain & Behavior with Dr. Fadok | SI Leader Danielle Fernandez

Sundays, 5:00-6:00 PM, Howard Tilton B09

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 PM, Howard Tilton B09



PHYS 1310-01 Gen. Physics I with Dr. Graber | SI Leader Riley Sinnott

Sundays, 1:00-2:00 PM, Boggs 122

Thursday, 6:00-7:00 PM, Boggs 122


ENGP 2010-02 Electrical Circuits with Dr. Sanchez | SI Leader Ricky Urbanowski

Monday, 5:30-7:30 PM, Boggs 242

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 PM, Boggs 242

ENGP 2430-01 Mechanics of Materials with Dr. Barrios | SI Leader Emma Rogers

Sunday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Howard Tilton B11

Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Howard Tilton B11


ACCN 2010-05 Financial Accounting with Dr. Chauvin | SI Leader Alex Simon

Monday, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Howard Tilton B10

Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Howard Tilton B09

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