Students facing connection bugs and exam stress

"The online TD course, it worked thirty minutes and then it bugged" … Some 2.6 million students continue their studies "at a distance", with more or less success and many questions about their future assessments.

Last Monday, all higher education institutions closed, one of the measures taken to stem the epidemic of coronavirus.

Before the announcement of the confinement of the entire population, Mathilde, a third year law student at the Sorbonne, had returned to her family in Vendée for a birthday. "A chance", she judges today, even if her mother has contracted the virus.

She is therefore responsible for teaching at home to her two brothers and sisters, 5 and 7 years old, while having to continue her own studies, from a distance. "We have online TD courses on Facebook but depending on the internet connection, it jumps regularly," she says. "Some teachers send us a lot of homework, but there are others of whom we have no news."

"Getting motivated, staying focused … It's super complicated," she said.

A little "apartment" sport, online games, calls to friends and then the work that college sends: for Imane, 21, in second year of language science in Nanterre, the days finally pass " fast enough".

Stuck in her studio in a university residence in Paris, she has to follow an "almost normal routine". The university launched an online course, "but when you are thirty to connect at the same time, it crashes regularly," she said.

It also stands thanks to the solidarity that has developed between students, through various groups. "When we are struggling, we can send a message, there is always someone to answer." On the other hand, the stress begins to mount when she thinks of the exams, which are supposed to be held at the end of May: "for the moment it's vague, we have no information". She hopes that "arrangements" will be made for those who, like her, have not been able to attend all the online courses.

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Zakaria, in the second year of engineering sciences at the University of Le Havre, fears that the exams will take place just after the confinement ends. Of Moroccan origin, he knows that university success conditions the renewal of his residence permit and obtaining a scholarship.

"For now, all exams are suspended. The one that was to be held tomorrow in thermodynamics has been canceled. We are given information drop by drop and day by day," he laments.

In his little apartment in Le Havre, far from his family and cut off from his friends, he evokes a feeling of "abandonment". "It's a very difficult situation," he describes. As for online courses, "not all subjects are suitable", according to him: "it is more complicated to discuss math or physics on the phone".

"Very happy" to be confined to his parents in Marseille, Mathias, in a master's degree in law at Paris Panthéon-Assas, regrets that he no longer has access to "no textbook". Supposed to be currently on an internship, his workload has reduced like a panic and he wonders how he will be able to feed the report he has to report at the end of the year.

To validate his master's, semester exams were also to be held in late April-early May. "Are we going to be evaluated on the scheduled date? How," he asked. "We have a course which serves as a basis but we are also supposed to read many references which are only accessible in the library".

While waiting to see more clearly, he voluntarily answers questions from second-year students: "It's a la carte help. They are particularly anxious to be behind on the program".

03/23/2020 16:38:25 –
Paris (hooly News) –
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