UPDATE: March 17th

Dear Skyline College Community,

Supplemental Instruction’s (SI) services will be moving completely online starting Tuesday, March 17th and will continue online until campus is reopened to students and student workers. SI will be serving students through Canvas via Zoom, Discussions, and Conferences.

Students in SI Supported Classes: Please check in with your faculty member and SI Leader to learn more about how SI will continue to support you during this transition. 

In the event that an SI Leader cannot serve your class remotely, we recommend using our online tutoring options to get additional support. Please visit the Learning Center front page for more information.

Need more information? Please contact Gavin Townsley via email at townsleyg@smccd.edu



Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program designed to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses through voluntary group study sessions.  Sessions are facilitated by SI Leaders, who are peers who have already successfully completed the targeted course.

How does Supplemental Instruction work?

SI Leaders attend class meetings, and make themselves available 1 – 3 times per week for active and collaborative study sessions. Most SI sessions take place right before or after class, but meeting times are flexible in order to accommodate as many students as possible.

During a typical session, students engage in collaborative learning, compare and clarify lecture notes, review textbook readings, and discuss key course concepts. SI Leaders help students develop effective study strategies for the course; they do not lecture or replicate the work of faculty.

SI tutor explaining a math problem

Look for the "SI" icon listed next to applicable classes on WebSCHEDULE to register for classes in which SI support is available. Supplemental Instruction is open to all students enrolled in the class and is completely free.

You can visit Room 5-110 in the Learning Center (BLDG 5) to find out if SI is offered for a course

Students who attend Supplemental Instruction can:

  • Develop better understanding of course material
  • Develop more effective ways of studying
  • Prepare for tests, exams, papers, presentations, etc.
  • Interact with other students in your class and build community
  • Pass the course and potentially earn a higher grade

The fall 2014 semester represents the first full semester of SI at Skyline College using a voluntary, peer-led model similar to the internationally recognized UMKC model. Although these data represent a small total number of students, the early results are very encouraging for improved success in Math and English.

SI Supported Courses

 BUS 123 Math 120 Math 130
Math 190 Math 200 Math 241
BIOL 130 BIOL 250 CHEM 192
CHEM 210 PHYS 210 PHYS 250
ECON 100 HIST 235 SOCI 100
PSYC 100 ENGL 846 ENGL 105
ENGL 100 ACTG 100 ACTG 121

Become an SI Leader

The role of a Supplemental Instruction Leader (SI Leader) is to assist students in traditionally difficult courses towards successful completion of the course. The SI Leader attends the parent course to understand the content, delivery, and emphases of the class, works with the professor to identify areas where students are experiencing difficulty, and provides 1 - 3 SI study sessions per week for students in that course. An SI Leader serves as a model student, reinforces class concepts, and facilitates students' ability to solve problems.

Check out the SI Leader Job Description  .

If you are interested in becoming a SI Leader and are in good academic standing with the college, then apply via our online application below!

Apply to be a SI Leader here!