Tutor Learning


OIC students have 48 hours of formal lessons and an additional 7.5 hours of supervised homework per week. Following IGCSE and A-LEVEL courses in English presents students with a number of challenges. There is much new subject material every lesson, all delivered in English, with substantial volumes of new vocabulary and concepts to learn for each new lesson. Students need to digest this body of knowledge.  

What are SSS periods?
Supported self-study (SSS) periods allow students to process and consolidate the new learning.
Who supervises SSS periods?
The student’s tutor oversees the SSS periods, ensuring that the student stays focused and on task, and providing advice and guidance where needed.
How many SSS periods does a student have per week?
These SSS periods take place three times a week, each lasting one hour.


    Students undertake guided revision and consolidation work, which will include the study of past examination papers, preparation of content and vocabulary for the coming work in a given subject, the consolidation of previously-covered material to ensure thorough understanding, vocabulary building and research.


    Each student has two tutors, one western and one Chinese
    The tutor/co-tutor have up to 8 students as tutees
    The tutor is responsible for obtaining from teachers all information relating to the student
    This information includes assessment marks, homework marks, comments on attitude and behaviour, and school IR & TR reports
    The Chinese tutor reports progress to parents after each session


    Three times per week the tutees meet with the western tutor
    During one of these sessions, the Chinese tutor joins them, and mentoring takes place
    Mentoring is where the two tutors invite an individual student to discuss his/her progress, a meeting which
    usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes.
    Such a discussion takes place while the other tutees are engaged in their SSS activities. Tutors refer to the student’s assessment and homework marks and any other information provided by teachers, and they negotiate targets together. These targets are recorded in English and Chinese on the student’s PPP (Personal Progress Plan), which is IT-based. The PPP is therefore constantly being updated, documenting targets that have been met and new targets. It is the role of the Chinese tutor to communicate the contents of the mentoring to parents so that they are always informed.
    On average, each student receives a mentoring session with both tutors once every two weeks.


    To take a personal interest in a student's learning pathway, to encourage and support

    To provide each student with a personalized support programme, identifying manageable and achievable short-term targets 

    To encourage students to develop independence and take a greater responsibility for fulfilling their potential 

    To use assessment data to monitor academic performance, to help the students set targets and monitor progress towards meeting these targets 

    To network between teachers, to spearhead initiatives and coordinate support strategies 

    To inform parents about their child's progress, encouraging them to play an active part in their child's education 

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