Academic Support & Access Center


  • Academic Support & Access Center
    Fax: 202-885-1042
    Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

    Monday-Thursday 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

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SI Leader Testimonials

The following are testimonials from SI Leaders for different academic subjects.


Nick Realmuto was an SI leader for 6 semesters and he is now an adjunct professor of Financial Accounting in Kogod Business School.

"I believe that the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program is extremely beneficial not only to the students who utilize the opportunity, but also for the SI leader. I was an SI leader for six semesters while doing undergraduate coursework at American University. Those six semesters enabled me to truly master the material for the courses I taught, learn to engage multiple learning styles, and gain insight into the academic profession. Further, my experiences later helped me interact with clients and co-workers in the private sector as well as provide the basic experience to help teach at AU as an adjunct professor. I highly recommend the SI program since it benefits everyone involved."


Ishani Desai was an SI leader for Economics for 5 semesters.

"I have always been passionate about teaching. The motto I live by is, "tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand". Successful teaching entails communication and building rapport. As a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader and tutor for economics, I work with students to allow them to gain the necessary tools to become self-learners, gain confidence in discussing the material, and truly appreciate economics and its real world applications. One time, I encountered a disgruntled freshman, named Emily, who simply wanted to memorize the answers. This sent a signal to me that she was either not confident, had not found the subject applicable, or had given up after a bad experience. I worked with Emily to build trust and communicated that telling her answers or just showing her how to solve a problem will not benefit her. After getting a list of topics from her professor, I had Emily attend my group SI sessions. I helped her synthesize the material and had her informally discuss the concepts with her peers. I tailored the material to her needs by relating economics to dating, sports, and pop culture. In the end, Emily felt reassured and realized that the knowledge is attainable and applicable--she even decided to major in Economics."