"Being an SI leader has helped me to grow as a leader as well as a student. I couldn't ask for a better job!"
"SI has been helpful for me because I can see perhaps where students go wrong between the classroom and what they do outside of the class room. I can see where the "gaps" may be in their academic experience and how to address those gaps. Running sessions for an English course has been interesting because I have had the chance to observe student thought patterns, and I've been able to share information as to how to approach writing and how to think about it."
"As an SI leader I am learning by trial and error how I have the ability to benefit the students I am working with. Last week I tripped and fell into the whiteboard while conducting one of my sessions and when I saw one of the students who had seen it happen at the next class meeting, I asked her if she told everyone about me, referring to my fall. Her response was , "Yes, I have been telling people, how much the sessions are really helping me." Needless to say that was not the response I was expecting, and what it did was make me that much more determined to continue to strive to do my best for them all."
"As an SI Leader, SI has been a great stepping stone for me towards my goal of becoming a teacher. I continue to gain knowledge on the subject for which I lead sessions for. SI has also helped increase my social and communication skills towards students and staff."
"Not only has being an SI leader helped me to reinforce the knowledge that I might not receive from my previous class, it also teaches me to be a more responsible and disciplined individual. As an SI leader, it is my responsibility and obligation to set an example on how to thrive as a successful student for my fellow peers. This in return helps to shape my habit to not only act as a leader on campus but also on my other daily activities."
"Before becoming an SI leader I attended sessions for my own academic growth including the course subjects of mathematics and astronomy. SI helped not only in a successful completion of my course but also added fine tuning to my study skills which will follow me through my entire educational journey. The true beauty of an SI session is having a group of minds together all chasing the same goal of success."
"I attended SI before I decided to become and SI leader. I enjoyed being challenged with my classmates and decided to be part of SI. I have been SI leader for different subjects; I enjoy the diversity. I got a lot of emails from the students afterwards thanking me. That made me feel good. Today a student, who has been struggling in chemistry, asked me a question in class from the homework. I told her I should not be answering it and informed her about the SI sessions times and she came in. Afterwards I saw the same girl in the library with a smile on her a face that is able now to do all the homework problems after going to SI for one time. She said study groups helps her better than lecture or a tutor because she gets to actually do the work herself."
"SI has given me a whole new perspective on education. Throughout the semester I get to see the frustrated and sometimes apathetic attitudes that students have towards a subject get turned into excitement and pride. For me, when I am struggling with a certain class it is such a wonderful and satisfying feeling when I have that "ah ha!" moment. I find it even more exciting when I see other students experience that moment."
"This is my first semester being an SI leader, and I was very nervous about impacting the students in a positive manner. However I have found the SI experience to be very rewarding. The best experience so far is having students credit SI for passing a quiz. However, I enjoy helping the students in a variety of situations. I have been able to help students who do not speak english very well perform better in class. One time I was even stopped on my way between classes for a very quick study session! SI has helped me challenge my fears of public speaking and has also helped me expand my knowledge base. Most importantly, SI has helped me to help others."
"Being an SI leader for the first time has been an awarding experience. Not only do I have an opportunity to work along side a professor who teaches a subject I highly respect but I work with such a collaborative, motivating group of individuals. It's also rewarding knowing I can assist and encourage students to try to achieve for higher expectations than to settle for an average grade."
"For me, being an SI Leader helps in gaining an understanding of pedagogy and offers valuable training to pursue a career in community college teaching. By introducing me to methods of collaborative learning and techniques for improving student retention of course materials, being an SI Leader helps me develop a metacognitive understanding of the teaching process. That is, I now understand the steps an instructor must go through to present information to students successfully. Often at odds with the lecture model of education used by so many college professors, collaborative learning techniques, combined with good use of the Socratic method, demonstrate to me that students learn better in a "hands-on" environment. Integrating the training provided by the SI program into my SI sessions, I now strive to use Learning to Learn techniques as often as possible. I feel this system is extremely good at bringing community college students, who may not possess the skills necessary for university level performance, to a level of performance similar to more advanced students.
Additionally, having worked as an SI, Tutor in the Classroom, and English tutor at Mt. San Antonio College and as a Writing Center Consultant and SI at Chaffey College, I have seen my skills in English and writing improve remarkably. Before working at Mt. SAC, I was finishing up a Master's thesis in art history for Syracuse University, and my first drafts were very poorly written. Tutoring students in writing allowed me to apply the same "tutoring skills" to my own writing. When turning in a draft of my thesis, I was only required to make minimal adjustments to the ninety-page text. Since the beginning of my Master's program in 2007, my writing abilities have improved remarkably. So much so, I am now pursuing a second Master's degree in English, due mostly to my experiences as an English tutor and SI Leader for English classes at Mt. SAC and Chaffey."
"Before I became an SI leader, I began attending SI sessions offered in my courses on a pretty consistent basis. I always appreciated the extra help and "clarity" that SI seemed to provide for me. I didn't start off with the best time management skills. At times, I would put off studying because I had so many other things going on outside of school. But once I began attending SI regularly, that hour or two a week (during sessions) forced me to make a commitment to my studying that I would have struggled to find without it. I began to notice how much of an impact that immediate review (generally following a lecture) benefited my recall, retention and ability to study effectively later when I was on my own.
Over time, I began to feel more confident in every class. My grades consistently improved, and I began to see myself evolve into a very capable student. My main reason for pursuing a role as an SI leader comes from the impact my SI leader had on me, as well as my eagerness to want to share this "revelation" with so many other people!!! It works!! It can make such a tremendous difference in a student on so many different levels: academically, morale, confidence. SI gives student the tools they need to help them be truly effective students and that comes from all of these different areas. As a leader, I KNOW I make a difference.
I hear it from students, I see it in students. I feel it every time they attend a session. A camaraderie develops because everyone attending shares the same goals and mutual cause. I think they look forward to it, as do I!! I know, at the end of the semester, this one or any other, students that attend Supplemental Instruction will be better equipped to move on and soar ahead. They've made a deliberate effort to prioritize their education and they will continue to reap the benefits throughout their entire academic careers. I am extraordinarily proud to be a part of this "academic movement".