The bachelor blog

There are a ton of apps and websites used at Ecole Polytechnique and it quickly gets confusing to know which does what. I personally didn't even know some of these existed until half a year into the program, and in this article, I will do my best to explain all the tools we have and what they are best used for. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask. Also, if you aren't asked to register for some of these, it means your password is the same as your usual Polytechnique password. I will start with the websites.

WEBSITES

Zimbra:

Link: https://webmail.polytechnique.fr

Username: first_name.last_name@polytechnique.edu
Password: your_polytechnique_password

Zimbra is the Polytechnique email service. You can sync it to your inbox like any other email. It's a little annoying to use sometimes but it gets the job done. All Polytechnique addresses are saved there so it's easy to find people or the full names of professors/staff.


Moodle:

Link: https://moodle.polytechnique.fr

Username:  first_name.last_name
Password: your_polytechnique_password


Moodle is probably the most important website and the one you will use the most. Here, you can find all your classes as well as those from other years using the search bar at the top. You also have a calendar where you can see the deadlines for any assignment professors have posted on Moodle (they do a good job putting most things up but final exams for example aren't always there).

When you click on a class, you can see the link for zoom sessions if it is relevant (hopefully you won't need them). The links open 10 min before class but professors usually aren't on until 1 or 2 minutes before to there's no need to be early. If you can't see the link when you're sure it should be there check if you are logged in properly before panicking (you get logged off automatically after 24h).

Scrolling down, you will see the homework, projects, and other relevant documents. This is also where your upload your work (make sure you merge pictures into a single document before uploading, professors get annoyed if you don't). On the sidebar, you will also see the "Grades" tab where most teachers post your grades for assignments (sometimes they send you emails or just upload a correction with the grade on it, so don't be worried if it's blank the entire year for some classes). Finally, there is the announcement tab which some professors use to communicate with you. You receive notifications via email as well but it isn't always instantaneous so you check there if something is wrong and you might find an answer.


Synapse:

Link: https://synapses.polytechnique.fr

Username: first_name.last_name
Password: your_polytechnique_password

Synapse is primarily used as a schedule with all your classes and final exams (although the schedule for finals is usually posted quite late). You can sync it with your phone or laptop calendar using the link at the bottom of the page. You might also use synapse to choose your classes but it's a new feature so it might not work. Finally, you can see at the end of your semester, the grades for each enrolled subjects in the "Notes" tab.

Pégase:

Link: https://formulaires.polytechnique.fr/pegase

Username: first_name.last_name
Password: your_polytechnique_password

Pégase is the portal where you will be able to find most of the administrative details. If you need attendance certificates or want to learn more about the different scholarships, this is where you do it. It is also here that you will find your official reports after each semester which include your GPA (be warned they take a lot of time to be uploaded).

Sigma:

Link: https://sigma.binets.fr

Username: first_name.last_name
Password: binet_reseau_password (Warning: the password is not the same as for the other websites since Binet Réseau is not a direct Polytechnique entity but something managed by engineer students.)

Sigma is the social network for Ecole Polytechnique students. On it, you can find information about activities organized on campus by the different binets (the name for the engineer cycle student associations which we can take part in) as well as get in contact with any student irrespective of their program. It is also useful to find the birthdays of everyone on campus. However, the committees (the bachelor student associations) rarely use it. To remedy this, the BX+ team (more on them later) is working to integrate a social network into the BX+ app.
To create an account on Sigma, you have to click on "Forgotten Password" and enter your Polytechnique email.


APPS


IP Paris Campus:


Username: first_name.last_name
Password: your_polytechnique_password


This apps is the official Institut Polytechnique de Paris app. When you first open it, you have to use the icon in the top right and select your school (Ecole Polytechnique but I hope you know that) to log in. Once you are logged in, you will see your upcoming classes but it doesn't always work. On the sidebar, you will have the most important part of the app which is the campus map. To my knowledge, it's the only one but it might be implemented into BX+ later (it's another app, don't worry I'll get to it). You can use the map to search for rooms and buildings and the 0, 1, 2, 3 at the bottom left are for changing floors on the map.
In the sidebar, you will also find the lunch menu but it isn't always correct. Finally, there is also a section with the departure times of the different RERs (the trains that go to Paris) and buses under the "Transport"  tab.

Moodle:


Username: first_name.last_name


This is the Moodle app. It has the exact same features as the Moodle website and it's pretty easy to navigate.


BX+:


Username: first_name.last_name
Password: your_polytechnique_password

BX+ is an app developed by bachelor students who aim to gather all the other apps into one to make your life easier. Also, make sure you install it because the L'ORE (the student association) might use it for competitions and events. When you log in, you also need to paste the synapse link to sync your calendar. In BX+, you will have all weekly classes as well as all your assignments and homework which were posted on Moodle. You can also access the documents from Moodle for all your classes but you can't upload anything as of now so Moodle is still your only option for that. BX+ also allows you to rate the classes and comment on them in the BX courses tab which we encourage you to do to help the next generations of Bachelors! But BX+ isn't just about school. It also has a dedicated marketplace for all the Bachelors to buy or sell anything from your fellow students! For more information visit https://bxplus.co. To know more about how the project came to be, check out the article on its development:

Bachelor tech: the story behind BX+
The 10th of September 2021 will mark the first anniversary of one of the Bachelor’s biggest community projects: BX+. Involving a wide range of students in many different areas, and observing an 87% adoption rate, the venture has aimed to facilitate communication and access to course resources during…
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