Tutorial Videos: See how AVID tutorials work!
Welcome to the Tutorial/TRF Support Center...
What are AVID Tutorials?
Tutorials take place twice a week, either on Mondays & Wednesdays, or Tuesdays & Thursdays. The AVID tutorial process is divided into three parts---before the tutorial, during the tutorial, and after the tutorial. These three parts provide a framework for the 10 steps that need to take place to create effective and collaborative tutorials.
Trained tutors come into the classroom and help guide student-centered groups answer their own questions about assignments, schoolwork, and much more. Tutorials are when we help students learn how to develop and answer higher level thinking questions. Just as Binder Checks are the organizational cornerstone of AVID, Tutorials are the inquiry cornerstone of AVID.
*When assigned by a teacher, or the night before tutorials, each student will develop at least one question they have in a class they may be struggling in.
*Students will be divided into groups upon entry into the classroom.
*Students lead one another with collaborative group discussions and questioning to determine the answers to the presenter's question. Tutors and the AVID teacher are merely guides in this student-centered activity.
*NOTE: Collaborative discussions and the inquiry process are the keys to tutorials, not necessarily coming up with the exact answers. There will be times students might leave tutorials with their questions unanswered and this is okay. If a student comes to the conclusion that they cannot answer their question, it leads them to realize they must seek further help from their teachers, parents, etc.
Completing a Tutorial Request Form (TRF):
Complete the Name, Period, Date in the upper right-hand corner.
2. Subject & Essential Question
Complete the Subject Area and Essential Question in the upper left-hand corner.
3. Initial/Original Question & Source
This may come from a homework question, c-note from class, a movie clip in class, lecture, notes in your notebook, etc. Be sure to write down what your source is, and bring that source to class with you.
4. Key Academic Vocabulary & Definition
Write down two vocabulary words related to your initial question. Then write down the academic definition from a dictionary, your notes, or a textbook, it may be re-phrased in your own words, but it should not be a definition that you make up on your own.
5. What You Know About Your Question
This can come from your notes, it can be your analysis of a character, or explanation of a step by step process, further explanation of the definitions in your own words, etc. This is anything that you DO know about your question for sure. It may be a good idea to pull on prior knowledge when filling out this box and try to connect your initial question with a past experience.
6. Critical Thinking about Initial Question
You should be showing your work and ideas for what you have tried so far. This is the area where you may show a venn diagram, t-chart, step-by-step process. This is not a list of what steps you will follow during tutorials. In this box you actually TRY to solve your question and show your work and ideas here!
7. Identify General Process and Steps
In this section you explain what steps you followed so far to try to solve your question. Your steps should be general enough to use again on a similar problem or scenario. If you did NOT solve your initial/original question, then your final step should be to discuss with tutorial group.
8. Question from Point of Confusion
- If you DID solve your initial/original question after thinking critically, then your question from point of confusion should be a level 3 question that extends the same concept.
- If you DID NOT solve your question after thinking critically, then your question from point of confusion should be focused on exactly what part you got stuck on.
Need Help Creating a Question?
Use the example question starters below to help you formulate a question of your own. If you do not understand what a word means or what a question is asking, then choose a different one.
Example Question Starters for Math, Science, ELA, and SS:
-Content Area Tutorial Question Stems
-Costa's Levels & Example Questions
Tutorial Question Stems:
1. How are ____ and ____ similar?
2. What is the difference between____ and ____?
3. How could ____ be used to ____?
4. What do you think would happen if ____ ?
5. How does ____ connect to what we’ve learned before?
6. What is a new example of ____?
7. What are the strengths and weaknesses of ____?
8. In your own words, what is ____?
9. Why is ____ important?
10. How would you explain ____?
11. What is another way to explain why ____?
12. How do you think ____?
13. How does ____ compare to ____?
14. How are____ and ____ different?
15. Imagine that____ ; how would you react?
16. What will happen to ____ if ____ ?
17. What speculation can we make about ____?
18. Considering ____ what conclusion can be made about ____?
19. How would you summarize ____ in your own words?
20. What are the real life applications of ____?
21. How can I apply the process for (simplifying/solving/factoring) problem I already know to the question ______________?