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AVID for Students

Success Stories

”The skills I learned in AVID stayed with me throughout my undergraduate program . . . by learning how to manage my time, be efficient, take good notes and stay organized I was able to graduate college with a degree in Mathematics and Biochemistry, with a 3.61 cumulative GPA.” — Raymond Koopmans AVID Alumnus

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The Statistics

  • Only 34% of students who enrolled in community colleges had attained either a degree or certificate six years after starting their postsecondary career.
  • 3 out of 10 students that withdraw from college leave with loan debt.
  • Students who withdraw from college are 5 to 10 times more likely to default on their loans than college graduates.

Ways to Succeed

AVID for Higher Education’s first-year seminar can help 2-year college students to prepare for transfer by guiding their selection of appropriate (transferable) courses, facilitating their long-term educational planning (e.g., choice of major), and assisting them with the intricacies of the 4-year college application process.

AVID is an excellent opportunity to start your college career the right way and learn the skills you need to succeed.

  • Learn new study skills
  • Better time management
  • Financial planning
  • Goal setting
  • Have direct access to peer menors and tutors

AVID Tutorials

Marking a Text: Marking a Text is an active reading strategy. This module supports students’ ability to think critically while reading. The module reviews tools for students to use in order to understand complex and rigorous texts. The skills included are numbering the paragraphs; circling key terms, cited sources and essential information; underlining information relevant to the reading purpose; bracketing information such as evidence; labeling to identify macro-structure of a selection (2-3 paragraphs); and boxing unfamiliar vocabulary items or other key information or evidence. (3:18)

Cornell Notes for Students: This video teaches students the importance of gaining multiple repetitions of information and how to accomplish that using the Cornell note-taking process. Students are taught ten ways to get repetition, and how to analyze their own notes looking for evidence of processing.


Cornell Note-Taking Paper A basic Cornell Note-styled printable blank page for note-taking. (pdf)

Tutorial Inquiry Form (TIF): Please complete this form BEFORE coming to the tutoring sessions in your AVID class.

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