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Supplemental Instruction

At El Camino College, we empower students to become successful learners every step of the way.

Mastering Material Made Easy with SI

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Supplemental Instruction (SI) is not your average tutoring session. They are group study sessions led by trained peer SI Coaches. Our coaches demonstrate mastery of the subjects they support, and are trained to implement learning strategies and collaborative activities in their group study sessions.

Benefits of SI

Students gain academic support with subjects they’re struggling in, and refine learning skills such as:

  • Note taking
  • Test preparation
  • Problem solving
  • Organization
  • Group studying

Whether it’s Calculus or Chemistry, data has shown that consistent SI attendance leads to better grades. SI study groups support peer camaraderie, and help students gain academic self-confidence.

How Can We Help You?

Follow the quick links below to get started on your SI journey.

Experience a transformation in your academic journey with SI.
The SI sessions helped me to understand the class material much better, which showed on my performance on exams. I think anyone who has not taken advantage of SI workshops is missing out on a great opportunity."


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. SI offerings vary per class and per instructor.
  2. Simply view our schedule and attend the session you’re interested in.
  3. Meet our coaches and view the schedule.
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SI sessions are peer-led study group sessions where students review class content and materials on a weekly basis.

Students collaborate during planned group activities and use learning strategies that support applied practice of their subject.


Sessions are offered both in-person and online, but vary per course/subject.

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A typical tutoring session is one on one, and usually involves a general overview of class content.

SI Coaches attend their supported class and collaborate with professors to develop a deep dive in class content. SI study sessions are powered by group interaction, by participating in structured activities students learn new study habits and master understanding class content together.

Side-by-Side Comparison
Tutoring Supplemental Instruction
  • One on One interaction
  • General overview of class concepts
  • Homework review and general questions
  • Group setting and structured activities
  • SI Coaches attend the class and work with professors on content to review
  • Deep dive into class concepts and applied practice including exam preparation



Put a friendly face to the name and check out our coach bios.


An SI Coach is a peer who has mastery of their subject and is trained in student academic support and learning techniques.

A typical workweek is 9-15+ hours. For example:

  • 3 to 8 hours attending class lectures/labs, depending on the subject.
  • 1 to 2 hours planning SI sessions.
  • 2 hours facilitating SI sessions.
  • ½ hour meeting with course instructor.
  • Paid professional development and training throughout the semester.
Meet the Coaches


Learn more about SI Coaches and how to become one!


Please fill out our Faculty Intake Form.



Contact Us

Jovi Davis
SI Program Coordinator

Lily Santiago-Hernandez
SI Program Tech 

Luis Villanueva
SI Program Tech 


General Inquiries
310-660-3593  ext. 3456

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Office Location
Library 263