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CFAA - Tutoring

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

SI is a structured study group designed to help students achieve success in "historically difficult" courses: those with consistently high rates of D's, F's, and/or Withdrawals. SI sessions are FREE and open to all students enrolled in the supported courses. A trained SI leader will facilitate three hour-long sessions per week, focusing on difficult course content.These sessions serve to reinforce course material, clarify confusing concepts, and approach the information from a fun and engaging perspective.

SI offered during Fall and Spring semesters for: 

  • BIOL 1110 & 1120: Biology I and II for Majors
  • CHEM 1110 & 1120: General Chemistry I and II
  • HSCI 2010 & 2020: Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Some sections of MATH 1530: Prob and Stats
  • Some sections of PHYS 2010: General Physics I

Why SI?

Students who have attended SI at ETSU typically earn a final grade that is a full letter grade higher than those who did not attend.  Attending SI regularly is a fantastic way to study, increase your understanding of complex material, and review for exams. The small group environment allows you to work at a slower pace and ask quesitons.

Who are SI Leaders?

SI leaders are students who have taken the course and performed well. They must possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrate a vested interest in supporting student success. SI leaders are tasked with helping students think more deeply about the instructor's lectures and the readings covered in the course, and using innovative and engaging strategies to improve students' understanding of complex and challenging concepts.

Meet the SI Leaders (Updates coming SOON)

Biology 1110: Biology I for Majors 



Major: Health Sciences with a concentration in Microbiology

Special Achievement(s): BEST mentor, former President of Volunteer ETSU (2017-2018), and recipient of the Beulah Davis Outstanding Freshman Writer Award (RSCC in 2015)

My SI sessions consist of interactive group activities to reinforce core concepts and make learning details easier.




Major: Biology with a minor in Leadership

Future goal(s): To become a pediatric neurologist. I have had my own neurological issues growing up and through those struggles I hope to help others.

Fun Fact(s): Loves to travel, Avid snowboarder, kayaker, hiker, and car enthusist.

Biology 1120: Biology II for Majors

SI Leader Noah


Major: Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry

Future Goal(s): To become an Oncologist

My SI sessions are relaxed, peer lead sessions focused around lecture review with an emphasis on exam preparation and an environment that encourages students to ask and think through their own questions.

SI Leader Zach F


Major: Computer Science

Special Achievement(s):  I interned at Oak Ridge National Lab where I developed software used by the Department of Energy.

Future Goal(s): To create my own business developing software aiding doctors with detection, diagnosis, and treatment of medical disorders.

CHEM 1110: General Chemistry I

SI Leader Brianna


Major: Health Sciences with a concentration in Microbiology

Future Goal(s): To become a public health attorney and work to develop health policy while also pursuing academia 

Fun Fact(s): "My middle fingers are crooked."


SI Leader Corey


Major: Biology

Future Goal(s): To become a Neurosurgeon 

My SI sessions are informative and relaxed.

Fun Fact(s): Came into college from high school as a junior.


SI Leader Haley


Major: Chemistry  with a Pre-Pharmacy track

My SI sessions are focused on interactive problem solving that involves everyone to solve the problem.

Fun Fact(s): I am almost completely deaf in my left ear.


SI Leader Janit


Major(s): Biology and Health Sciences 

Special Achievement(s): Biology Honors-in-Discipline, Animal Health Sciences Student Organization (AHSSO) treasurer 2017-2018.

Fun fact(s): I was a zookeeper last summer and got to play with lemurs, giraffes, and snakes all day!


CHEM 1120: General Chemistry II

SI Leader Alexis


Major: Chemistry

My sessions tend to focus on working out a variety of problems seen throughout the course since General Chemistry is so problem-solving intensive.

Fun Fact(s): I enjoy cooking, reading, and cross-stitching.


SI Leader Caylee


Major: Communication Studies with minors in Psychology and Public Health 

Future Goal(s): I want to train doctors in effective ways to communicate illness to patients.

My sessions provide problem solving skills imperative to chemistry in the least painful way possible.


SI Leader Mary


Major: Chemistry

Future Goal(s): To have a job in R&D and own every Salman Rushdie book.

My sessions are modeled as an open-floor conversation to solve problems and better understand chemistry.

Fun Fact(s): I've actually slipped on a banana peel before and it was terrifying!


SI Leader Sam W


Major: Chemistry

Special Achievement(s): Vice-President SAL, SGA Senator, HID chemistry

My sessions focus on understanding and learning, not just memorizing. 

HSCI 2010: Anatomy & Physiology I

HSCI 2020: Anatomy & Physiology II

MATH 1530: Probability & Statistics

PHYS 2010: General Physics I

SI Schedule for Spring 2019



What do students like about SI?

"I like that the SI leaders sit in on lectures that way they can relate their lessons directly from what is being taught in lecture."

"The atmosphere."

  "Being able to ask questions I would not be able to ask in class, and having someone to help review material and understand how to look at questions in a different way."

"They make content interesting."

"They (sessions) are at multiple times to increase the chance that I attend. The SIs are always ready to help even at times when they are not in a meeting. I have been able to get more out of the course with the help of my SI leaders."

 "The ability to interact with other students from my class."

"When we worked together in groups and everyone explained their confusion, we were able to help out one another."



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