How to Set Up an AVID Binder

How to Set Up an AVID Binder

AVID, or Achievement Via Individual Determination, is a middle and high school elective class. It helps students prepare for college by allowing them to take notes, ask questions, and communicate with other AVID students. One of the most important things you’ll need in AVID is a well-organized 4-inch binder. You will use it on a daily basis, not just for AVID but also for all of your other classes. This wikiHow will teach you how to set up and maintain an AVID binder.

Part 1 Gathering Supplies

1. Select a binder. A 4-inch binder will be required in AVID. Unless your AVID instructor requests a specific colour, colour is unimportant. Your AVID teacher will frequently request to see your binder to ensure that it contains everything and is properly organised and neat. Some AVID teachers will provide you with a checklist to use.

2. Get some binder dividers. You will be requested to get two packages of colorful Binder Dividers. On the, you will be asked to write “Hour 1”, “Hour 2”, “Hour 3”, and so on. Don’t write the specific class (i.e “Math”, “English”, or “History”) unless precisely asked to by your AVID teacher.

3. Choose a pencil pouch. You will be required to get a three-hole pencil pouch that you can put into your 4-inch binder. Inside of it, you should have the following items:

At least two sharpened pencils (or mechanical pencils)

At least two pencils (color shouldn’t matter unless your AVID teacher says otherwise)

At least two colorful highlighters

A hand-held pencil sharpener (if you have wooden pencils or colored pencils)

An eraser (either a normal block one or a pencil topper)

Sticky Notes

Led (if you have mechanical pencils

A calculator (optional)

Ruler (optional)

Index cards (optional)

Colored pencils (optional)

Loose-leaf paper (optional)

4. Purchase a number of notebooks. For AVID, you will need at least one specific notebook. It is up to you or your AVID teacher whether you use it for taking notes during Tutorials, taking notes for other classes, or taking notes for AVID assignments. Write your first and last name, as well as your grade, in your AVID notebook. Your AVID teacher may occasionally request to see your AVID notebook to ensure that you are doing your work. You can also store other school notebooks in it. If you do, put each one in its own binder divider.

5. Make use of Cornell note sheets. AVID Cornell Note sheets will be provided by your AVID teacher. They are important when taking notes (which is often). It is your responsibility to ask your teacher for more when you run out. You’ll need to three-hole punch these and place them in a page protector, folder, or binder pocket. You may be required to turn these in to be graded or reviewed by your teacher on occasion.

6. Get some loose-leaf paper. It’s a good idea to keep some loose-leaf paper in your AVID binder at all times. It’s useful for taking notes, writing down Tutorial questions, and sometimes just doodle on. Your AVID teacher may not request it, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t get it.

7.Invest in index cards. Index cards, like loose-leaf paper, are optional (unless your AVID teacher says they are). However, they are extremely useful when you only need to write a quick note or ask a question.

8.  Make use of page protectors. Another item that your AVID teacher may not require you to have is page protectors. They are, however, useful for important notes, Tutorial Request Forms, and even supplies.

9. Make a study area for yourself. Your homework should be placed in one of your binder pockets, a folder in the back of your binder, or a page protector. If you’re not sure where to put it, consult your AVID teacher.

Always record your homework in your planner, along with the date it is due.

Part 2 Assembling Your Binder

1. Label all of your supplies. Now that you’ve gathered all of your materials, it’s time to put your binder together. Label everything you can to avoid losing anything. Everything from pens and pencils to planners, folders, and notebooks.

2. Insert the binder dividers. Insert each binder divider in the order of the hour (i.e. “Hour 1,” then “Hour 2,” and so on). If you were asked to write the name of your class, write it in the order of first, second, third, and so on. Color is unimportant.

3. Include the notebooks. If you decide to put your class notebooks in your AVID binder, place them behind the appropriate divider (e.g., Math notebook behind “Math” divider or “Hour 3” divider). If you want to use an AVID notebook, place it behind your AVID divider or in front of all the dividers. Make sure you can easily open your binder and get it wherever you put it.

4. Include your pencil pouch. Your pencil pouch should be located near the front of your binder (unless your AVID teacher says otherwise). Remember to keep a supply catalogue every week or so to ensure you have everything you might need. Another suggestion is to keep extra supplies (such as pencils, pens, crayons, markers, and so on) in your locker. If you are at school and realise you don’t have any pencils in your pencil pouch, you can simply grab a few and not worry about not having anything to write with. It’s also a good idea to have a few extra on hand in case another student forgets their pen or pencil.

5. Include your planner. If your school provides a planner that fits in your binder, place it behind your AVID notebook (if you have one) but above the dividers. Always use your planner to keep track of your assignments, tests, and other responsibilities. Your teacher may conduct a “planner check” from time to time to ensure that you are using your planner.

6. Include your AVID agreements. You will be given a plethora of AVID agreements. Keep them all in your binder in case you need them. You can store them in a folder, a page protector, behind your AVID binder divider, or wherever your AVID teacher instructs you.

AVID agreements are important, so keep them safe and read through them on a regular basis so you don’t forget about them.

It’s also a good idea to keep your schedule in your AVID binder (whether in a page protector, folder, or binder pocket) so that if you forget it, you can find it quickly.

Part 3 Keeping Your AVID Binder Organized

1. Sort through your binder. It’s critical to keep your AVID binder organised. Your AVID teacher will go over it frequently to ensure that everything is in order. You will not be following the “Binder Agreement” if it is not organised, and you may receive a warning.

2. Sort through your notes. AVID relies heavily on note-taking. You must keep all of your notes neat and organised. When you’re finished with your notes, place them in the appropriate binder divider. Spend at least 15 minutes each week cleaning and organising your binder. Throw away old papers that you no longer require; if a paper is in the wrong place, move it to the correct location. All notes and papers should be labelled with your first and last name, date, and class/period.

3. Organize your calendar. Use your planner for each class if you were given one. If you have a “password” page, keep it up to date. As previously stated, your teacher may conduct a “planner check.” Try not to make it appear as if you have to use your planner; instead, see it as a useful tool for keeping track of all your assignments.

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