SI Training

SI Calendar, Spring 2014

Completion of training will be a major factor in SI leaders' status for rehire and eligibility for pay raises. It will also influence letters of recommendation which may be given by the SI Supervisor.

Training Requirements

During the semester, SI leaders will attend eight formal SI training sessions, plus individual meetings with you SI supervisor to discuss strategies that will be helpful in conducting your SI sessions. Hours spent at training will be paid time.

Leaders are required to attend all training sessions. If you have an unavoidable conflict and must miss a training session, notify your supervisor in advance to make alternate arrangements. Any missed training must be made up with a supervisor-approved activity (e.g. tutor training, study skills seminar, individual meeting with supervisor).


The concepts covered in training are useful only if they are applied. Therefore, please follow up after each training session by trying out ideas from that training. We will begin the next week's meeting with a discussion of how useful you found the concepts from the previous week.

Training Times

Training times will be set based on SI leader availability. You may attend training at either the Ogden or Davis campus. All sessions will be similar in content, so you can attend any session in a given week.


Check your Wildcat e-mail often, at least once to twice per week. Supervisors will be sending regular reminders of information you may otherwise miss.

Individual meetings with supervisor

Each week, please stop to visit briefly with your supervisor. On weeks when training is not held, plan on having a more extended meeting with your supervisor. These are opportunities to share any concerns and successes as well as generally touch base.

Individual meetings with faculty

You are required to meet with your SI faculty member at least once, preferably twice, during the semester. This should be a sit-down meeting in which you get suggestions on material and activities for your SI and give general feedback on students' progress with the course material. Fill out the SI Leader/Faculty Discussion Form and turn it in to your supervisor each time you meet so that you can be paid for your time.

Peer Observations

You will observe an experienced SI leader at your convenience sometime during week 10. Complete the "SI Peer Observation Form" and bring it to training where we will discuss the observations. You will be paid for your hour of observation.

Supervisor Observations

Several times during the semester your supervisor will visit your SI session. Please schedule a short meeting to discuss the observation within 48 hours after a visit.


Week # Date To Do
Weeks 1, 2, or 3: Meet with faculty member; complete SI Leader/Faculty Discussion Form and submit for pay
Week 1 1/6 Distribute and tally surveys. Ask supervisor to get rooms.
Week 2 1/13 Training on Study Skills (Loeffel). Begin SI sessions.
Week 3 1/20 Training on Memory Techniques (Reddy)
Week 4 1/27 Training on Learning Styles (Loeffel).
Week 5 2/3 Training on How the Brains Learns (Loeffel).
Week 6 2/10 Training on Test Anxiety (Reddy).
Weeks 7, 8, or 9: Complete peer observation. Fill out observation form.
Week 7 2/17 Training Diversity.
Week 8 2/24 Training: SI Leader presentations (prepare 5-10 min. demonstration of an activity you've used in SI).
Week 9 3/3 No training this week. Meet with faculty member.
Spring Break
Week 10 3/17 Training: SI Leader Presentations (prepare 5-10 min. demonstration of an activity you've used in SI). Peer observation reports.
Week 11 3/24 Training: Individual meeting with your supervisor (stop by or make appt.) to complete leader reflection.
Weeks 12-14: Meet with supervisor each week. Complete program review. End-of-semester surveys given to students
Finals Week 4/21 SI sessions held at leader's discretion