Anyone who visits, attends, or works at Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center knows that the buzz on campus is AVID. AVID for Higher Education has been a part of the campus culture for two years, and strategies have been incorporated into everything from the admissions process through graduation.
The latest and greatest AVID addition to the campus was implemented during Winter 2014 quarter: AVID student tutors. To help our readers gain a better understanding of AVID student tutors, Michelle Rivard, AVID liaison, answered some questions for us.
What exactly is an AVID student tutor?
Our AVID student tutors are students just like you! They have been immersed in the AVID ways just like you. However, these students have received training to make them qualified tutors. They have attended two sessions alongside our MSB-BC staff and faculty, which has specifically dealt with the Socratic method of tutoring.
What does Socratic tutoring mean?
The Socratic method of tutoring asks questions versus answering questions and reteaching material. The great part about this is that our tutors certainly have areas of specialty, but they do not have to be subject matter experts in order to help you. They understand how questioning works so that students are able to learn for themselves.
If I am getting good grades, why do I need to see a tutor?
The tutors can help you in many different areas! They can assist with study skills, mastering Cornell notes, Power Point presentations, brainstorming for a project or paper, research, help to identify resources, and so much more! This is also a way to help you meet fellow students. The better learning community that we have on campus, the more successful we are.
Where are the tutors located?
The tutors are located in the BC AVID Learning Connection (room 210).
What areas of study can the tutors help me with, and when are they in the Learning Connection?
While the tutors can really help you with any area, they all have specialties:
- Chris specializes in Math, Business, Applied Ethics, and Small Business Management. His hours are Mondays 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Michael specializes in Collaborative Learning Groups. His hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Shadrick specializes in Math, Business, Accounting, Finance, and Microsoft Office. His hours are Tuesdays 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Jackie specializes in Writing, English, and Communication. Her hours are Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Samantha specializes in Writing, Literature, Communication, and IT classes. Her hours are Thursdays 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Katherine specializes in Writing, Literature, Communication, and IT classes. Her hours are Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
What if I can’t meet the tutor during the time they are there?
The tutors are available for appointments outside of the hours posted. Simply watch for flyers around campus with their contact information, and email them directly. You may also contact Michelle Rivard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have any last pieces of advice to share?
The AVID student tutors are very approachable and very willing to help. They are knowledgeable in the Socratic tutoring method and cannot wait to assist you. Please stop by to get the help and/or advice you need!
Thank you to Michelle Rivard for teaching our readers more about the AVID student tutors. To learn more about Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center and the AVID for Higher Education program at the campus, please call 763-566-7777.