Common Messages


Tutorial Common Messages


1.    Tutorials take place twice a week (40% of week) even with block schedules.  A paper copy of a Tutorial Request Form should be used.


2.    The grading system/ points on the Tutorial Request Form may be modified.  The rest of the form should remain as is and should NOT be modified. Each box/section was created based on critical thinking and learning theory research.


3.    The Tutorial Request Form should be completed for homework the night prior to the tutorial. Students should not complete homework on the TRF but instead complete the TRF based on a question they have already attempted and found a point of confusion/ clarification.


4.    Tutors should remain with a group for the entire point of confusion (POC), if covering more than one group. It is recommended that tutors do not cover more than two groups. They should rotate to the student presenter’s seat and take three-column notes for the student presenter while modeling inquiry for group members. Tutors are group facilitators, not content teachers/ subject specialists.


5.    Resources need to be utilized and referenced by both the student presenter and group members throughout the tutorial process. Resources should be available at start of tutorial. Group members should use their notes to generate questions for the student presenter.


6.    Every tutorial group should use a large whiteboard to record the work and group thinking in a 3-column note format. Student presenters need to utilize large, upright whiteboards (not small individual boards) as they “present” their question and participate in the inquiry process with their tutorial group.


7.    Teachers should walk around to each group to model inquiry and monitor students. Observation tools from the AVID Tutorial Guide (ATG) should be used to observe, monitor, coach and debrief with tutorial participants.


8.    Binders should be graded on non-tutorial days.  The focus of the tutorial time should be in supporting students in greater understanding and achievement in rigorous curriculum through inquiry and collaboration.


9.    The written reflection should be completed at the end of the tutorial process. It is important to provide quiet reflection time so that students can go through the metacognitive process of synthesizing and understanding new learning.


   10.     All tutors must be trained in the AVID tutorial process.  Tutors include

college students and cross-age tutors.

• Cross-age tutors need to meet cross-age requirements as defined in Essential 8 of the Certification Self-Study, are not in the AVID class in which they tutor nor are missing their AVID class to tutor. Cross-age tutors should not grade or assign points to AVID students.

• If there are groups that do not have a college or cross-age tutor, select a student to be a leader within the tutorial to ensure group members are using resources and the inquiry process. This does not count for the 7:1 student-to-tutor ratio.