Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program for challenging courses. SI leaders are students who attend classes, model effective academic skills, and lead group study sessions for their classmates. SI leaders are paid for helping fellow students while strengthening their own academic skills. It might be a good fit for you if you are comfortable working in groups and enjoy explaining material in a fun, innovative way.
We accept applications on an ongoing basis. Each semester, we have openings in math, chemistry and some additional courses. We encourage you to submit your application now for future openings. We strive to have all SI leaders in place before a semester begins.
All SI training meetings have moved to remote setting. All mandatory training sessions will take place via Teams for spring 2021. Remote SI Training Merge/Transition:
International SI Model (6-8 hours independent)
NIU SI (6-8 hours interactive)
Ongoing training throughout each semester (e.g. relationship building)
During our SI training sessions, we model the UMKC SI Model with our fun and interactive components. Our training sessions are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly covering a variety of topics. Attendance at mandatory training meetings provides resources for SILs and helps with ideas for creating the best SI sessions for their students. All training sessions are developed to mirror the SI model.
Undergraduate Writing Coaches
As a peer writing coach, you'll help members of the NIU community become better writers. You'll work with writers of varying skill levels, and you'll assist with all types of writing—personal, professional and academic. In addition, you'll create handouts/documents for client and coach use and give outreach presentations when appropriate.
Graduate assistants can work as writing coaches with 10-, 15- or 20-hour appointments. You'll tutor undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff in academic and professional writing, as well as in personal and/or creative writing projects. You'll also assist clients with integrating sources into their writing and documenting sources in the appropriate style.
Additional duties include:
Delivering outreach presentations to promote our writing/research support services.
Creating handouts for clients and tutors on documentation, writing in the disciplines, resumes and cover letters, personal statements, etc.