- Students Offering Support (SOS) is the student-led charitable association that supports and develops University SOS chapters. Within each SOS chapter, student volunteers work together to raise marks which raises money to ultimately raise roofs for children in Central and South America, helping them acquire access to a quality education.
- Raising Marks. Raising Money. Raising Roofs.
- SOS was founded in 2004 by Greg Overholt at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
- SOS currently supports 1500 volunteers across 28 Chapters in Canada and the United States of America
- The Exam-AID Initiative – For a $20 donation, students receive a 2-3 hour review session, led by tutors who have previously taken and done well in the course, as well as a Study Package
- Since its inception in 2004, SOS has raised over $700,000
- Where does the money go?
- Students donate $20 to attend an Exam-AID session
- 90% ($18 of the $20 donation) of the money goes directly to the communities we work with in Latin America – this money is spent on the bricks, cement, and mortar that contributes to building projects.
- The other 10% of money donated goes towards operating costs SOS Head Office – this money contributes to growth and support of chapters across North America
- The Main Point of SOS Outreach = SOS builds sustainable development projects as a preliminary step to supporting sustainable and holistic educational development in Central and South American communities through multi-year commitments. Two-week outreach trips support this vision through making a human investment in the projects through construction.
- Volunteers spend their own money to travel on Outreach trips – the donations from the Exam-AID initiative is spent on infrastructure investments
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Benefits of SOS
- Students Offering Support Exam-AID sessions are organized for students by their peers
- Sessions are taught by exceptional student tutors who have completed the course they are teaching with a grade of A or above
- Support materials are compiled by our volunteers and provided to students as additional study materials for their exams
- Exam-AIDs are offered at ideal times – a few days before a midterm or final – this allows students to be supported at their most critical time of need
How is SOS different from other tutoring options? We can tell you how:
- For-Profit Exam Preps – SOS is a far more cost effective option for students who are in need of some exam prep and a boost to their studying.
- Professor Run Review Sessions – SOS Exam-AID sessions offer students a peer’s perspective on the material – lots of effort goes in to making our Exam-AID sessions and students are provided with study materials to utilize after the session is complete.
- TA Tutorial Sessions – These types of sessions may not always be from a student perspective and are rarely exam-specific.
- Peer Help/Learning Centres – These sessions are typically not exam-specific or teacher driven.
- Club-Organized Exam Prep – These sessions lack a guarantee of tutor quality and exam study notes may not be provided.
- Informal Study Groups – By attending an SOS Exam-AID session, students are supported by senior students – who have been through the course and excelled at it.
Other Helpful Notes
- For more information, you can always direct your audience to your chapter’s website and the Students Offering Support website (www.studentsofferingsupport.ca or www.students-offering-support.com)
- Use the Portal’s Leaderboard as a great resource – there you can find lots of current information to show the effectiveness of the SOS model at schools across North America
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