Les Cordées : Tutors as enthusiastic as ever

Publication date : 14/10/2020
Life at ParisTech

Newsletter n°8 Les Cordées: Tutors as enthusiastic as ever

A survey of former tutors from the four ParisTech schools involved in the “Cordées de la réussite” partnership scheme (AgroParisTech, Arts & Métiers Institute of Technology, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, MINES ParisTech) has been carried out to investigate how the partnerships work, what prompts tutors to get involved, and whether there are areas for improvement. The responses revealed three sources of motivation: a desire to help, an interest in teaching, and “a duty to pass on the knowledge that got me to where I am today”. Tutors encounter very different situations depending on the type of partnership they participate in (cultural activities for secondary/high school pupils, academic support for prépa students or those taking the Baccalauréat), but they all agree that it’s a valuable opportunity: “All in all it’s a great experience. You get to make a difference and do something useful, you’re helping the pupils”, “You really do learn a lot”, “Having students from Grandes Ecoles come and support them gives the pupils confidence”.

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