80 % of young Quebecers demotivated at school since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Academos organization today unveils the results of a survey which shows that the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of schools have led to a significant drop in the academic motivation of students in Quebec.

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Montreal, May 29, 2020. - The organism Academos today unveils the results of a survey which shows that the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of schools have led to a significant drop in the academic motivation of students in Quebec.

According to the survey answered by 950 students aged 14 to 30 living in all regions of the province, 43 % of young people say they are "much less motivated" and 37 % "less motivated" in school since the start of their year. crisis. Fourteen percent of respondents are "as motivated" as before, and only 6 % are "more motivated" or "much more motivated" since the start of the pandemic.

On a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being "not at all motivated" and 10 being "extremely motivated", the motivation of young people went from 7/10 before confinement to 4.1 / 10 since, on average.

This decrease in motivation affects high school, CEGEP and university students just as much, CEGEPs being slightly more affected: 84 % of them are “much less” or “less” motivated by their studies since confinement, compared to 79 % of high school youth and 77 % of university students.

Among the factors that negatively influence the academic motivation of students since the closure of schools, we find distractions at home (65 % of respondents), lack of human contact (63 %), lack of concrete goals (45 %) , lack of organization on their own (37 %), lack of organization on the part of schools (35 %), lack of communication on the part of teachers (26 %) and family problems (13 %).

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have been very concerned about the impact the crisis will have on school perseverance and the educational success of young people. The results of our survey confirm what we feared: students struggle to stay motivated with homeschooling, and this may translate into an increase in school dropouts if we do not find solutions very quickly, ”said Catherine Légaré, president and founder of Academos.

Striking testimonies

“Staying home locked up every day with my homework demotivates me downright and I'm exhausted from stressful distance learning. "


“I have lost contact with my teachers and I have the impression that certain assignments are useless, given that they do not teach us anything necessary for CEGEP and that my grades are not affected. "


“I feel less motivated to finish my studies, because I don't have my friends to motivate each other. In addition, the workload is more important, which makes my studies more difficult. "

 - An 18-year-old college student

“I feel empty, I don't want to do anything. It motivated me to go to the library and see other people studying around me. "

 - A 24-year-old university student

“I feel like I'm working in a vacuum. The teachers don't know how to evaluate us. I learn everything on my own. Not only am I taken home, but I am also being taken away from my freedom to decide how I spend my days. "

 - A 17-year-old high school student

Virtual mentoring as an academic motivation tool

Since the start of the crisis, Academos has adapted its services in an attempt to break the isolation of young people and encourage them to remain motivated in these difficult times.

In addition to the 3,000 volunteer mentors who are always available on the Academos application to discuss their work with young people, the organization now receives an inspiring professional every week on its Facebook page to answer questions from young people directly, in a series entitled Contagious Passion.

“More than ever, the intergenerational solidarity that is at the heart of mentoring can bring hope to young people. Having a professional project is a crucial element of motivation for students' academic perseverance, and talking to a caring mentor can be an excellent way for young people to stay motivated in their studies, especially in this period of uncertainty, ”said Catherine. The station.

In fact, 52 % of respondents to the Academos survey said that feeling that their studies will help them to practice their future profession helps them to stay motivated at school.

The survey took place online from May 19 to 26, 2020. For more information on the methodology and the sample, see the academos.qc.ca/motivation-covid-19.

About Academos

Founded in 1999, Academos is a non-profit organization that connects young people aged 14 to 30 with the reality of the world of work through a virtual mentoring application that allows them to interact for free with nearly 3,000 professionals passionate about their work. job.

Academos is financially supported by the Secrétariat à la jeunesse of the Government of Quebec to promote academic perseverance and facilitate career choice. The Montreal-based organization is also supported by several financial partners, including Aéro Montréal, Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, belairdirect, LaSalle College, Desjardins, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) de Montréal, Finance Montréal, Intact Assurance, Investissement Québec , Insurance Pros, Ubisoft and VIA Rail Canada.

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