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Students Help Pupils Learn in the Corona School

Nationwide project seeks students for virtual learning support – also at Chemnitz University of Technology. Psychology student Laura Maj Scheffzek coordinates the work on site

In order to help students throughout Germany who have lost their usual support services due to school closures or limited attendance due to the Corona crisis, a group of students have created the online platform "Corona School.” On this platform, which is also supported by students at Chemnitz University of Technology, pupils receive digital tutoring free of charge.

Since the Corona School web page (german web page) went online at the end of March, almost 8,000 students throughout Germany have registered as voluntary tutors and more than 11,300 pupils have registered. Before students are assigned as tutors, the Corona School's organisational team conducts a suitability interview to check their professional qualifications. Digital tutoring is carried out via video chat after the learning sponsorship has been determined. The range of support covers all subjects, with mathematics, physics, English, and German being particularly in demand.

The idea for the Corona School came from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation’s scholarship recipients. Students from Chemnitz University of Technology are also involved in the organisation and implementation, among them Laura Maj Scheffzek. "I am working as Campus Representative and represent the Corona School at Chemnitz University of Technology," reports the psychology student. She is the contact person for all open questions and tries to inspire as many students as possible to participate in the project. "The Corona School lives on solidarity. I would be happy if many volunteers could be found at our university to support students in their learning one-on-one", says Scheffzek. The project will also be continued beyond the Corona period.

Interested students and pupils can register on the following website: www.corona-school.de

Further information can be obtained from Laura Maj Scheffzek, e-mail tu-chemnitz@corona-school.de

(Author: Mario Steinebach / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

 

 

Mario Steinebach
22.05.2020

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