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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.

Spring 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 1160 (all sections) Long Calc II | SI Leader Sam Vancini

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 PM, Gibson 126

Thursdays 5:00-6:00 PM, Gibson 126

MATH 1210 (all sections) Calculus I | SI Leader Jason Georgis

Sundays, 1:00-2:00 PM, Boggs 105

Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM, Boggs 105

MATH 1220 (all sections) Calculus II | SI Leader Sophia Horowitz

Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Hebert 201

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 PM, Hebert 212


CHEM 1080-02 Gen. Chemistry II with Dr. Donahue | SI Leader George Richards

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

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM, Jones 102

CHEM 1080-10 Gen. Chemistry II with Dr. Jacobson | SI Leader Jason Hyman

Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Newcomb 308

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM, Newcomb 123

CHEM 2420-01 Organic Chemistry II with Dr. Grayson | SI Leader Izzat Shbeeb

Sundays, 6:15-7:15 PM, Tilton Library B11

Mondays, 8:15-9:15 PM, Tilton Library B11


ECON 1010-01/02 Microeconomics with Dr. Dulal | SI Leader Danell Benguigui

Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Dinwiddie 108

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM, Newcomb 021

ECON 1020-01/02 Macroeconomics with Dr. Price | SI Leader Aeshna Sarkar

Sundays, 2:00-3:00 PM, Jones 102

Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 PM, Jones 102

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 1010-01 Intro. to Cell & Molecular Biology with Dr. Vijayaraghavan | SI Leader JC Begley

Sundays, 2:00-3:00 PM, Boggs 122

Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM, Boggs 104

CELL 2050-01 Genetics with Dr. Vijayaraghavan | SI Leader Thomas Huang

Sundays, 2:00-3:00 PM, Boggs 239

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 PM, Boggs 243

CELL 3750-01 Cell Biology with Dr. Dotson | SI Leader Audrey Marsh

Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Jones 108

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 PM, Tilton Library B07


NCSI 4510-01 Biological Psychology with Dr. Colombo | SI Leader Dehan Elcin

Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Boggs (TBD)

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Boggs (TBD)

NSCI 3300-02 Brain & Behavior with Dr. Harrison | SI Leader Parker Tirrell

Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Dinwiddie 102

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Dinwiddie 103


Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

EBIO 1010-02 Evolutionary Biology with Dr. McLean | SI Leader Brittany Maldonado

Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM, Richardson Building 113A

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM, Richardson Building 113A


ENGP-1410-02 Statics with Dr. Raymond & Dr. Barrios | SI Leader Erika Chelales

Sundays, 1:00-3:00 PM, Tilton Library B07

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

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