Enhanced SI Update with Andrea Villanueva
My experience with CS-11 SI spring semester in 2021 was so great, I jumped with joy when I was offered the opportunity to be an SI leader this semester. Being able to now help other students get through a class I enjoyed being in, sounded better than continuing my work in fast food. This being my first time ever being an SI leader has had its challenges, and its successes. Luckily, I have my professor Sharon Strelitz, Ricard Espinoza and all the SI Leaders helping me do my best for my class. At the moment, a challenge I still struggle with is figuring out the best way I can get the students to understand the topic. This semester I’ve used slides, Kahoot, YouTube videos, and exercises we can work together on as a group to help them understand the material. I try to keep my SI sessions a safe environment where they can feel comfortable speaking up or asking questions. With that being said, another challenge I come across, would be getting students to engage and chime in during the sessions when I ask them to give me an answer, so I don’t want to force them to speak if they are uncomfortable. But, the closer we get to the end of semester, I’ve noticed the students come out of their shell. They turn on their microphones through zoom and interact with me or other students. I’ve had a couple of students tell me my sessions have been helpful and that the way I word the material makes it easier for them to understand. I know they understand what I review with them, because I can see it in their quiz and exam scores, the students who join my sessions are at the top of the class. Whether they know it or not that’s all I want out of my experience being an SI Leader, it makes all my efforts and time worth it. Now my next goal is getting students to come and join me in person on campus for class or SI Sessions.