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Supplemental Instruction for English (SI)

Lab Hours of Operation:Northwest Vista Supplemental Instruction English

Monday-Thursday: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM-2:00PM

Location: Juniper Hall 110

The Supplemental Instruction for English lab is located on the first level of Juniper Hall in room JH-110. Please come by and let us know how we can help you with your English classes. The lab is open to all students who are enrolled in a course with the SI component.

Supplemental Instruction (SI):

SI is a peer-to-peer resource for students in our 1301 ++ and 1301 + English courses and is designed to provide students with added assistance. We hold weekly SI sessions which bring students together in a collaborative effort. During these sessions, students will compare notes, discuss readings and work together to solve complicated issues related to the course. Each session is guided by an SI Leader who are current or recent students that have previously succeeded in the course and who are interested in helping students grow in the subject area. SI is not meant to replace the actual course but is designed to provide added assistance in historically difficult courses. Our SI Leaders also provide one on one tutoring for students who need personalized assistance.

SI is...

  • A safe place where students can ask questions.
  • A free resource for all students whose class participates in the program.
  • A great way to collaborate and grow as a student.
  • Backed by research and has been shown to help students succeed.

SI is not...

  • One on one tutoring.
  • Intended to replace your English course.    
  • Similar to a traditional classroom.
  • Possible without eager students who are willing to discuss and share.

Students Should...

  • Come prepared (Bring notes, textbooks, writing paper and a positive attitude.)
  • Be ready to hold respectful conversations with fellow students.
  • Not expect a lecture.
  • Attend as many English classes as humanly possible.

Meet our SI Leaders:


Caitlin Gaitan      Caitlin Gaitan

Caitlin graduated from Northwest Vista in 2014 with an arts degree with a focus in English. She then earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Texas A&M-San Antonio. Recently, Caitlin graduated from UTSA with a Master's of English. She has been an SI Leader at NVC since the summer of 2018. She is also crazy good at video games. Ask her!


Ilissa Garcia       

Ilissa recently graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in English Literature. This is Ilissa's second semester as an SI Leader. She is a huge Disney fan as well.


Katy Glass           Katy Glass

Katy is one of our newest SI Leaders but helped in the SI Lab last fall as a tutor. As an undergraduate at UTSA, she was employed as an SI Leader for physics. Katy has a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston, and a Bachelor's degree in English from UTSA. She is also the author of a very popular mommy blog.


Blue Flores          Blue Flores

Blue is a new member of the SI for English team. Currently, he is an undergraduate at UTSA studying English. Before starting at NVC, Blue was an intern for CHR Partners where he produced and managed after-school educational programs throughout San Antonio.
Here is why Blue chose to be an SI Leader: "I was a college student who struggled at the beginning of my academic career. I enjoy getting new students ready to take charge of their own education."


Hali Browning      Hali Browning

Hali Browning graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at Northwest Vista College and hopes to transfer into the cyber security program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In her free time, Hali works as a mentor for a competitive high school robotics program. She enjoys fighting with vector art programs, drinking inhuman amounts of black coffee, and consuming graphic novels at an alarming rate.


SI for English Schedule - Spring 2019

All SI Sessions will be held in either the class where the course takes place or JH-110 (The SI for English Lab located on the first floor of Juniper hall. Check with your SI Leader for more info.)

English Courses with
the SI Component
SI Sessions
(All times subject to change. Check with SI Leader for more info.)
           Office/Tutoring Hours   (JH-110)  
Instructor: June Pedraza
Location: JH-211
Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-3:05 PM
SI Leader: Caitlin Gaitan

 Mon. at 12:30 PM (before class)


Mon. 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Tues. 10:00 - 11:00 AM; 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Thur. 10:00 - 11:30 AM; 3:00 - 4:00 PM


Instructor: Britt Benshetler
Location: JH-211
Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30-12:35 PM
SI Leader: Katy Glass

Mon at 9:45 AM (before class)

Wednesdays at 12:40 PM (after class)

Tue. and Thur. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Instructor: Valerie Gomez
Location: JH-229
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:05 AM
SI Leader: Blue Flores
 Thursday 11:10 AM (after class)

 Tue. and Thur. 8:00 - 9:00 AM


Tue. 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thur. 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Natalia Trevino
Location: JH-217
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30-1:35 PM
SI Leader: Caitlin Gaitan
 Tuesdays at 11:00 AM (before class)


Mon. 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Tues. 10:00 - 11:00 AM; 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Thur. 10:00 - 11:30 AM; 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Lamarr Green
Location: JH-112
Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-8:05 PM
SI Leader: Ilissa Garcia
 Wednesdays 5:00 PM (before class) Mon. and Wed. 5:00 PM
Instructor: Kelly Chandler
Location: JH-102
Times: Mondays and Wednesday from 10:00-11:40 AM
SI Leader: Hali Browning

Mondays 9:00-9:45 AM (JH-102 before class)

Wednesdays 11:45 AM-12:35 PM (JH-110 after class)

Mon. 11:45 AM - 3:00 PM                  

Tue. 12:00 - 6:00 PM

Wed. 12:35 - 3:30 PM


Student Testimonials:

"Sessions were very informative and gave me tips on how I could write and re-write my essay." - Summer 2018
"You can ask them any problems you have in an essay, they help you brainstorm, are patient, show interest in helping." - Summer 2018
"I liked how the SI person was concerned with my work and asked how I was doing in class. It made me feel like I have someone who cares." - Fall 2018
"I liked how easy it was to understand the material once they broke it down." - Fall 2018
"The room was open to anybody, and I felt really comfortable. The tutors were so helpful, and showed that they actually enjoy helping students." - Summer 2018
“[Sessions] made the material more clear.” - Summer 2018
"She was very helpful and answered any questions I had. She would explain what we needed to do." - Summer 2018
"I liked the constructive criticism and helping with the essays." - Fall 2018
"The SI Leader was very nice and helped me with everything." Fall 2018

Northwest Vista Supplemental Instruction English