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Mar 5 / Francesca Fernandes

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Peer Assisted Learning is hiring tutors and Supplemental Instruction Leaders for the Fall 2018 semester. Gain valuable work experience while developing professional skills. Apply today

Jan 18 / Francesca Fernandes


Dec 7 / Francesca Fernandes

The Finals Week Study Session Schedule is Here!


Sessions begin Tuesday December 13th. New faces are welcome. Students may choose to study independently or with others.


Nov 11 / Francesca Fernandes

Peer Leader Appreciation Week!

This week (Nov. 14th to 18th) the Academic Success Center is celebrating Peer Leader Appreciation Week. Tutors and SI Leaders are receiving messages of gratitude for sharing their success with other students at Wayne State University.

To kick-off the week we would like to introduce you our Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders this fall. These young men and women plan collaborative learning sessions for biology, chemistry, nursing, physics, and psychology courses.


Cham Smadi

  1. Greetings fellow humans! They call me Cham Smadi, but you can also call me the Cub Wolf (I love loves ^u^). I am the Supplemental Instruction Leader for Bio 1500.
  2. Why I choose SI is an excellent question. Honestly, it was on a whim, I thought it would be a really cool thing to do. I have attended SI sessions before, specifically for psychology and biology, Bio 1500 actually, and I found it really nice to have a student help another student out. I loved the interaction in SI session, and I loved you “chill” as you would call it. I like how it teaches you transferable skills. And I just love to influence people; I love to see a change for the better in them, and it feels amazing when you had a hand in that change.
  3. Lately, I’ve been working on recovering as an artist and I am working on writing my first novel >v<. I love to write and create characters and stories. Brace yourselves humans, I cannot wait to share all of these novels and stories with you 😀

Razi Antoon

  1. My name is Razi Antoon. I am a Supplemental Instruction Leader for Biology 1510.
  2. I am committed to SI because of my own personal experience as a student. Attending SI sessions led me to develop better study skills and a great passion for biology. I greatly enjoy whenever I can pass that passion along. However, the most rewarding is that I have the pleasure of assisting many students go far beyond the goals they set for themselves.
  3. Lately, I am working on enjoying life more. I also plan to soon make time to get back to the gym and work as a medical scribe again.

Hana Kallabat

  1. My name is Hana Kallabat and I am a SI Leader for Biology 2200.
  2. I enjoy SI because I like watching students grow and learn valuable study skills throughout a semester and attain the goals they set for themselves. The most rewarding feeling is when they come and thank you and let you know that SI helped them do well in the course!
  3. This semester I decided that I wanted to spend more time taking care of myself and getting healthy! I’ve recently started working out consistently and hope to keep up with it. I’m also trying to cut back on shopping online- I have a problem.

Hanan Rakine

  1. My name is Hanan Rakine and I am an SI Leader for Biology 1510.
  2. I enjoy being an SI leader because I enjoy helping students achieve their goals both academically and internally. As an SI leader, our role is not just creating plans to help students understand the topics better; but we also help push them forward and keep them going. I love helping my students pursue both their short and long term goals by helping them develop confidence in themselves and study strategies that they can use throughout their college career.
  3. One thing I have been working on lately is giving my time back to the community and helping out as much as I can within our hometown. I have been allocating most of my “free” time to working on local projects in Detroit and helping launch initiatives that could benefit both WSU and the city in the near future!

Alina Tariq

  1. Hi! My name is Alina and I’m an SI leader for Introductory Psychology (PSY 1010).
  2. I like SI because it restores your faith in your courses and teaches you that anything is possible as long as you use your time wisely. My favorite motto from SI is to “study less and study smart”. These same study skills can be applied to other courses as well which makes SI so flexible.
  3. Lately, I’ve been working on finding myself. Our own passions and interests tend to get buried somewhere in all the courses we’ve taken so far and I’ve made it my mission this semester to find out what exactly I want to do in the future and what constitutes me (or) sets me apart from others.

Maksymilian Pilecki

  1. Hi! My name is Maks and I am the SI leader for Cell Biology (BIO 2600).
  2. I like SI because it gives me an opportunity to revisit one of my favorite course that I took at WSU. SI gives me an opportunity to take what I learned and use it to help others succeed in a course that many students find challenging.
  3. One of my hobbies is officiating soccer matches (youth and adult). Whenever I am not at school, I am probably on a soccer field (or just studying). Lately, I have been working to set a schedule to manage my time more efficiently so that I can have some time to just sit down and relax.

Tan Son

  1. Hello! My name is Tan, and I’m an SI leader for PHY 2130 and an engineer.
  2. My two favorite things are creating things and teaching others. As an engineer, I get to create, and as an SI leader I get to teach. My favorite moments when I teach is when students say “Oh! I get it!” That’s what I strive to do as an SI leader.
  3. Lately, I’ve been trying to improve my drawing skills. I’m doing the inktober challenge as a way to practice.

Andy McAnelly

  1. I am Andy McAnelly, an SI for HON 1000 and an accounting and finance major.
  2. I enjoy being a part of the SI program because I like to see that I am making a difference. To help a student who is struggling in a course succeed and reach their goals is something that I find very rewarding.
  3. Lately, I have been trying to improve my knowledge of Microsoft Excel. I am doing this by completing projects in my classes and taking time out of schedule to learn more about the program.

Tarek Nader

  1. Hello! My name is Tarek Nader. I am an SI leader for Organic Chemistry II (CHM 2220).
  2. Why SI?… Why not SI? I like SI because it gives students a positive and encouraging environment to practice material, learn new study skills, and grow as a student. Also, SI allows me to grow as a student and has helped me increase my ability to achieve my goals.
  3. I am currently in the application process to do clinical research, where I’ll be working with researchers interested in Hepatitis C and Fatty Liver disease.  

Ibrahim Humaisan

  1. Hey all, my name is Ibrahim. I am an SI leader for Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 2870)
  2. SI is designated for ALL students. It’s amazing to facilitate an atmosphere in which study skills are discussed, course content is reviewed, and students are encouraged to participate.
  3. Currently, I’m studying for the GRE by working hard to improve my vocabulary and reading comprehension. Also I’m learning functional Anatomy to help alleviate some joint and muscle pain.

Shane Jackowski

  1. Hello, my name is Shane Jackowski. I am the SI leader for Organic Chemistry I (CHM 1240).
  2. I enjoy being and SI leader and going to SI because it is a different experience than what I and most of us are use to. It helps us get out of our shell of relying on teachers or tutors to always provide answers when we don’t know them. It also allows us to collaborate with fellow students in a more casual atmosphere. Finally, it is a good place to meet people and make friends.
  3. Lately I have been working with my fiancée to finalize different wedding plans for this coming up summer.

Despina Tsitlakidou

  1. Hello, my name is Despina and I am the SI Leader for CHM 1040
  2. I chose to be an SI Leader because when I took chemistry I found myself helping many of my friends in my class, so when I saw the opportunity to be an SI leader, I wanted to take it “to the next level” and offer my help to everyone in the class. I also wanted to break the “chemistry is hard” stigma and show that at times it can even be enjoyable.
  3. I am also a sabre fencer on the varsity team here at Wayne State and for the Greek Federation (internationally), so I practice and train a lot (sometimes over 5hrs a day). Also, I have been doing some neurology research for the past year and am prepping for its next phase. More importantly I am working on my coffee addiction, I can drink three shots of espresso and can still take a one hour nap right after…I don’t think that is normal.

Amira Alnabolsi

  1. Hey Guys! My name is Amira Alnabolsi, and I’m currently the SI Leader for Gen Chem 1 (CHM 1220).
  2. Chemistry has always been a passion of mine, so being able to help other students learn my favorite subject means the world to me! I love being there for a student’s “whoa, I get it,” moment. SI Is such a great and convenient study tool for all students, and it really helps build the study skills necessary for upper level courses. Being an SI leader has been one of my most memorable experiences, as it has helped me grow in more ways than I could’ve imagined.
  3. Lately I’ve been working on exploring new places!! I’ve always been super shy and stuck in my own little bubble, but I’m really trying to get out of my comfort zone, and exploring new places really helps me do this. I’m always on the hunt for a cool new coffee shop with beautiful scenery (and a wide selection of vegan pastries of course – so hard to find, though).
Nov 3 / Francesca Fernandes

SI for HON 1000

Exciting announcement for students currently taking HON 1000!

We are pleased to offer Supplemental Instruction for HON 1000. All SI Sessions are scheduled and currently underway. We have 2 SI leaders currently holding sessions where students can discuss lecture, readings, and assignments in order to make connections and plan for success. Students are more than welcome to attend multiple sessions a week to discuss and share their learning. As always, SI is voluntary.

Monday: 11-12pm, MANO 279 (Kristin)
Monday: 3- 4 pm, MANO 256 (Andrew)

Tuesday: 12:15 to 1:15 pm, STATE 237 (Kristin)

Wednesday: 10:30 to 11:30 am, STATE 312 (Kristin)
Wednesday: 11:30 to 12:30 pm, MANO 150 (Andrew)

Thursday: 4:30 – 5:30 pm, MANO 211 (Andrew)

Friday: 9:30 – 10:30 am, MANO 237 (Kristin)
Friday: 12:30 – 1:30 pm, MANO 237 (Andrew)

Jun 14 / Francesca Fernandes

Get to Know our SI Leaders

Who are the SI Leaders this Spring/Summer?

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These four women have successfully taken the courses they support, currently sit-in on lecture, and plan collaborative sessions where students can learn and study together. They also work together every other week to share ideas about what makes SI sessions effective. We’d like you to get to know them better. Of course we think they’re pretty awesome and we’re confident you will too. SI is currently supporting CHM 1240, NUR 2030, BIO 1500, BIO 1510, and BIO 2200. See the schedule:




Hi! My name is Wan Wang and I am a pre-med student current majoring in psychology and double minoring in biological sciences and Asian Studies. I love cooking, reading, free writing, and quick sketches of still life. But I love binge watching TV shows just as much!



Hi my name is Marwa Abdel-maguid. I am an SI leader for Orgo 1, as well as a tutor for the Academic Success Center. I have been working with the ASC for 3-soon-to-be-4-semesters now. I am an upcoming senior pursuing a biochemistry degree with a focus to become a pediatrician.



Hi! My name is Nicole Utterbeck. I am an SI leader for NUR 2030 and for BIO 2200. I am a nursing major going into my second year in the program. I love to work with kids, so I can’t wait for the pediatrics clinical! I love Disney, and in my spare time I like to watch movies, travel, and cuddle with my cat. I have just started watching Game of Thrones. I am only in season two, so no spoilers!



Hello! My name is Hanan Rakine and I am the SI leader for Biology 1510! I am currently a sophomore at WSU pursing a major in Honors Biology with a minor in NFS with hopes to become an excellent practicing physician. I have strong passion/love for medicine (it’s quite insane actually) so most of what I do revolves around just that.. helping others! I love working with people and truly want to make a difference. When I’m not at the library or working late night shifts at the hospital, you could find me playing tennis, running, or watching Grey’s Anatomy.

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The Academic Success Center at Wayne State University is proud to offer a variety of services dedicated to helping students acquire skills for success, success that will follow them even after graduation. Visit our web site to learn more about what we do and who we are.

Jun 13 / Francesca Fernandes

The 9th International Conference on Supplemental Instruction

Over May 25th to 27th four representatives from Wayne State University traveled to Kansas City, MO. Our mission was to meet others who also feel that Supplemental Instruction is a positive environment for learning. There is probably no better place to experience everything SI than Kansas City, the birthplace of Supplemental Instruction. Two supervisors and two leaders explored the best practices of other SI programs across the globe. We were fortunate enough to share our experiences and meet people from Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Australia and of course across the United States. We listened to many speakers who inspired us to keep creating spaces for student questioning and problem-solving. We also discussed how SI helps prepare students for the careers they will obtain after graduation. We can’t wait to share new creative ideas that will positively impact learning at Wayne State.

Supplemental Instruction sessions for the Spring/Summer are currently being offered in NUR 2030, CHM 1240, BIO 1500, BIO 1510, and BIO 2200.

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May 18 / Francesca Fernandes

Using Facebook to Learn About Scientists

It’s sometimes difficult to describe what Supplemental Instruction is like because no two sessions are the same. This week SI Leader Nicole found a creative way to remember important traits and facts about certain scientists. By creating fake facebook profiles for some trail-blazers in scientific history and research, students engaged with dates and facts in new and memorable ways. The great thing about SI is that it makes content that can be hard to remember come alive, and it’s kinda fun too. Take a look at how this session turned out. 20160516_123554 20160516_123600 20160516_123631 20160516_125046 20160516_125054 20160516_125958

May 12 / Francesca Fernandes

End of Year Celebration

On April 26th the WSU Peer Assisted Learning Program thanked tutors and supplemental instruction leaders for a successful year. We were thankful to have many honored guests including faculty and department members. Without these partners the work we do could not be possible. Thank you to everyone who makes peer assisted learning possible for students on campus. We are very proud of our work and are happy to share some photos of the evening.

Congratulations to all of our award winners and graduates.

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Mar 30 / Francesca Fernandes

Chili Champs!

We had an incredible time yesterday at the TIP Chili Cook-Off and not only because we walked away with the winning title. We made new friends and connections on campus that surpass any bragging rights. The president even stopped by for a taste! We can’t wait for next year 🙂 Find out more about the TIP program at


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