Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a highly successful and innovative teaching program which is offered to students at Years 7 – 11. It is designed to provide students with academic and organisational skills which prepare them well for VCE, university and beyond.
Students who successfully apply for the AVID program are encouraged to take the most difficult subjects in the later years of their schooling and are taught the skills to be successful in those subjects through their junior years. The College has invested in AVID training for our teachers who use strategies to teach the students specific skills in reading, writing, inquiry, collaboration and organisation.
The AVID program is offered to students who are performing at the VELS standard for their year level, who would benefit from AVID tutorials to improve their results and prepare them for university. Additionally, the AVID programs suits students for whom English is their second language; students who would be the first in their family to attend university; or students who have special circumstances which may be an obstacle to academic achievement.
Statistics collected over the last 30 years in the USA show that AVID students have triple the success rate of getting into and completing university, compared to non-AVID students. In addition, tertiary students from Victoria University visit the college during the week to tutor our AVID students in class.
Students’ comments about the AVID Program:
“Being in the AVID program has been one of the most important decisions in my life. AVID has changed me in many ways. It made me feel more confident in almost every way. It taught me lots of skills and gave me many tips on studying and public speaking. After one year of study in the AVID group, I can now use my time more efficiently both in school and at home. I can have better exam revisions using my Cornell Notes. AVID also give me the chance to discover universities and professions. I decided to become an aerospace (astronautical) engineer. If I wasn’t in AVID, I would probably not have found out that there is such an interesting job as an aerospace engineer.”
“Tutorials helped me in all my subjects. They helped me to answer difficult questions and made my homework easier by having a tutor to guide me and help me better understand it.”
“An AVID Socratic Seminar is a group activity where everyone has to work together as a team and collaborate with others like a debate; it is also a great opportunity for kids to share their opinions and thoughts to everyone. During the Socratic Seminar I was scared in case everyone would laugh at me when I made a mistake, but then I learnt that without mistakes in your life you can’t improve or fix your mistakes. In a Socratic Seminar, it is a place where everything you say or do is neither wrong nor right. A Socratic Seminar is where people get inspired to speak up and share what they are thinking.”
“The AVID program has shown me that I can be successful and has taught me different kinds of skills that I can use in the future.”
“A key point of AVID is WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organisation and Reading). Inquiry is asking and writing questions. Questioning increases your speaking confidence by encouraging you to speak in front of your classmates and other audiences. Collaboration is discussing the work with other classmates or in AVID we have tutorials, where we ask questions to students who are battling a certain question in another subject, with help from tutors from Victoria University. Organisation is a KEY to AVID. What if you were in a job interview and your paperwork was a mess, they wouldn’t want to hire a disorganised employee would they? So that’s why AVID has binders that are checked regularly for neatness and to make sure they are organised. Reading and Writing – everyone has to learn to read and write. Reading makes your vocabulary expand.”