Interested in being an AVID tutor?
Tutors are an essential element in the AVID elective class where they facilitate student access to rigorous curriculum. As students from colleges and universities, tutors receive formal training and also serve as role models. AVID students who continue their education in college often return to the program as tutors.
For more information, contact:
District AVID Program Director
Expectations: AVID Tutor
- The AVID tutor takes an active part in developing the academic and personal strength of AVID students.
- The AVID tutor becomes thoroughly grounded in AVID strategies (WICOR: writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading).
- The AVID tutor becomes a master of each stage of the AVID tutorial and the inquiry learning process, as described below:
- Students take Cornell notes in their academic classes.
- Students complete the pre-work on Tutorial Request Form (TRF) from their academic class, Cornell notes, homework, classwork, quizzes and/or tests.
- As students enter the room, the teacher/tutor checks the TRFs and Cornell notes from the content class to support the point of confusion question.
- Students are divided into tutorial groups to meet the 7:1 ratio.
- One student begins the tutorial by presenting an authentic question and 30-Second Speech to the group. The tutor and group members ask questions to guide the student presenter through the critical thinking and inquiry process.
- Group members/tutor check the student presenter’s understanding of the answer to his/her question by asking clarifying questions. Group members also take three-column notes on the student presenters’ questions.
- Steps 5 and 6 are repeated for as many group members as time allows.
- Students complete a written reflection based on their learning (content and/or process) from the point of confusion.
- Students turn in their tutor pre-graded TRFs to teacher for grading and feedback.
- Teacher/tutors/students debrief the tutorial process. Students verify their learning in their academic classes.
- The AVID tutor assists AVID students in developing personal pride in the AVID College Readiness System.
- The AVID tutor:
- Assists students in the successful completion of college eligibility requirements and in becoming college-ready.
- Provides academic support for students in rigorous courses.
- Encourages students to enroll in a four-year college or university after high school graduation.
- Serves as a role model/mentor to AVID students.
- AVID tutors are expected to be active learners, not experts. Because you have been selected as a tutor for this special class, it is expected and understood that you will:
- Be positive and professional.
- Arrive on time and prepared for class.
- Act as a role model and wear appropriate attire at all times.
- Assist students in maintaining their AVID binders (with calendar, assignment sheets, TRFs and daily Cornell notes from academic classes).
- Actively participate in collaborative groups and tutorials.
- Participate in AVID field trips and motivational activities (when possible).
- Inform teacher in advance of absences/tardies on tutorial day.
- Become familiar with the specific routines and expectations of each AVID teacher’s classroom.
- Facilitate the tutorial learning process and implement AVID methodologies.
- Adhere to district/site policies and procedures.
- Complete tutor training.