Online, on-demand tutoring has become increasingly popular in recent years as a means to complement classroom instruction and reinforce the learning process. Bringing these benefits and more to students in SABIS® member schools, the SABIS® On-Demand Tutoring Project was launched in early 2014. Students who have not fully understood a concept in class, were absent, or want to review a topic before an exam can simply log on to the SABIS® On-Demand Tutoring site through WebSchool, select a concept, and view a prerecorded video explanation.
In keeping with its strategic approach to technology as a whole, SABIS® developed the On-Demand Tutoring Program with a view to adding value to students’ educational experience. The video tutorials use narration prepared by students through the SABIS Student Life Organization® to present each concept. This engagement helps those involved in the production of the tutorials strengthen their own understanding of concepts as they consider the best way to help others understand. Their involvement in the production of the tutorials also fosters the development of essential language arts skills – such as writing and public speaking – and qualities like self-confidence and poise.
“The On-Demand Tutoring Project is a natural extension of the peer tutoring program that is a pillar of the SABIS® Educational System,” said Mr. Roger Soweid, SABIS® Corporate Director – Student Life and Student Management. “The project reinforces the learning that takes place within the classroom and works in tandem with other important elements that form this successful educational system.”
Mirroring the proven SABIS Point System® of instruction, all tutorials in the SABIS® On-Demand Tutoring Project begin with a clear explanation of the concept. The tutorials then provide time for the student to pause and practice application of the concept on an exercise. As the video continues, the narrator then demonstrates the solution of the exercise to ensure that the concept has been correctly applied before moving on to yet another exercise.
To date, there are over 80 tutorial videos available in mathematics for levels I-K and science for level K. Narration for these videos was prepared by students in SABIS® member schools in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and the U.A.E. and carefully vetted by members of the SABIS® Academic Development Department. The long-term goal is to create a comprehensive library of video tutorials that cover concepts in all subjects and at all grade levels.
The SABIS® On-Demand Tutoring Program is now available to students in SABIS® member schools through WebSchool and helps ensure that they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in a changing world.
To access On-Demand Tutoring, students who are enrolled in math in levels I-K and science in Level K can simply log on to SABIS® WebSchool at www.webschool.sabis.net.