Resources for students

We provide a wide range of educational resources for students. Here are a few examples:

  • Documents and resources to help you take a remote oral or written exam;
  • Support documents for student teamwork: we have designed and produced a series of very short videos to answer the questions and difficulties encountered by students learning to work in a group;
  • Math resources for students entering EPFL: students can download an e-book and test their math knowledge online.
  • Resources to help first-year students acquire learning habits whose effectiveness and importance are confirmed by the results of scientific research.

Please note that we are happy to develop other resources upon request if these can benefit the entire EPFL student community, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your teachers can use an online survey application such as the TurningPoint system from Turning Technologies LLC. This tool will allow you to be engaged and actively participate in the classroom by answering questions and polls. You can read the legal information here.

See how to use your smartphone as a “clicker”.

In order to familiarize beginning bachelor students with the level that is expected and taught in mathematics in the first year of studies we offer: 

  • the opportunity to download the book “Savoir-faire en Maths” a month before the beginning of the semester
  • the opportunity to evaluate their own mathematical skills using on-line tests  designed by EPFL mathematics teachers

In addition, the school also offers other resources, including the on-line course entitled Fonctions Trigonométriques, Logarithmiques et Exponentielles.

Effective group work is an important transversal skill for engineering students, and professional engineers. The videos and supplementary PDF resources below address common challenges and present useful strategies for working in student project groups. Please do use them yourself, and share them with your students.

Please note that these materials are exclusively in French.


Que faire lors de la première réunion du projet ?

Nous n’arrivons pas à prendre de décision – faut-il avoir un leader ?  

Les heures passent en réunion mais on avance peu – comment être plus productif ?

Comment former une équipe performante ?

Quels outils pour la communication, pour partager des fichiers au sein du groupe ?

Untel fait des critiques non constructives – comment améliorer la dynamique de groupe ?

Untel est trop attaché à ses idées – comment lui faire comprendre que c’est un travail de groupe ?

Nous avons un conflit de personnalité au sein du groupe – comment produire un projet de qualité quand même ?

Comment trouver de bonnes idées, créatives et exploitables ?

Untel rend un travail de mauvais qualité – comment gérer cette situation ?

L’échéance finale s’approche et les tensions montent – comment faire face ?


Vidéos 2014

  Développement d’un groupe                                                                                                                            
  Un projet en conception                                                                                                                                   
  Contribuer aux travaux de  groupe                                                                                                                 


How it works:

Login to the IS-Academia environment using your GASPAR ID. Log in is required to ensure that only those who are allowed to participate in this evaluation are doing so. Anonymous treatment of your responses is guaranteed.

Who participates:

  • All Bachelor, Master and CMS courses get student feedback in this manner every semester.
  • External students, taking courses at EPFL, will have be asked to provide feedback as long as they are correctly registered.
  • UNIL students of “sciences forensiques” will also participate (other UNIL students will have a separate method of feedback, as will medical students).
  • PhD students will be able to provide feedback on master courses they are following, but courses of the doctoral school get feedback with another procedure.

Features of the system:

  • The form is available in English or French within IS-Academia. To change the language, choose “Options” on the top left on the screen, choose “en” or “fr” as “Langue de l’utilisateur” and save using the diskette symbol.
  • Student feedback is anonymous. To assure student confidentiality, the results are only shown when more than 5 answers are available.

In case of difficulties:

In case of technical problems: [email protected]