Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is based on the model created in 1973 by Dr. Deanna Martin at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  SI targets traditionally difficult academic courses and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated sessions. SI Sessions are free of charge, open to all students in the course, and are attended on a voluntary basis.


The new Hornets Tutoring program was designed based on the best qualities of current embedded tutoring programs: SI and ESP.  The leadership teams of those two programs have been working together for the last year to launch Hornets Tutoring in fall 2019.  SI and ESP will be replaced by Hornets Tutoring, and faculty can expect enhanced service that retains the qualities that they like best about their involvement in those programs.  Hornets Tutoring will continue to work with faculty to hire and train high quality embedded tutors to support student learning both inside and outside the classroom. 


Would you like a Hornet Tutor for your class? Click the button below to request a tutor!

Would you like to be a Hornet Tutor?

Click the button below to fill out an application!                                                                                                                                                            

Deadline: April 4th, 2019

The goal of SI is to create an environment that produces successful independent learners with strong self-esteem by emphasizing study skills, learning strategies, and collaborative learning.  Independent learners are intrinsically motivated individuals with the tools and desire to be successful students.

Some of the students who will attend the SI sessions will demonstrate some of these skills while others may not.  The focus of SI is on the long-term, to meet students where they are and set them up for success for their entire college career.

SI is not the same as tutoring, nor is it the same as instruction.

SI sessions are planned Collaborative Learning Activities (CLAs) that provide practice and reinforce course material.

It is neither sitting with students answering their questions, nor is it standing in front of a group of students explaining course content.  Instead it is a directed activity that gets students working through the most challenging content for the course.


What classes are chosen for SI?

About one in four FC students is enrolled in a class with SI. We specifically target classes where SI will have the greatest impact. This includes large classes with low success rates, as well as basic skills courses and key “gateway” courses along degree pathways.


Do you want to be an SI Leader?

Please read through our SI Leader FAQ (PDF Link). Here is the Spring 2019 Application (PDF Link). Contact Jessica Johnson at for more information. Deadline to apply is November 1st, 2018.

Separate faculty recommendation form: Faculty Recommendation (PDF Link). To ensure confidentiality, we recommend that faculty return this form to Jessica Johnson through email (, campus mail, or in person (1956 B). If you prefer to have the applicant deliver the recommendation that is also acceptable. 


Contact Information

Jessica Johnson
SI Manager

Brandon Floerke
Faculty SI Coordinator
(714) 992-7072