Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing the course, the students are abe to:
- Observe, evaluate and develop their own learning and ability to study
- Navigate in Aalto Learning Services
- Plan and schedule their studies
- Set feasible goals for studying
- Design and develop a personal study plan (PSP)
- Operate in Finnish academic learning culture

Credits: 2

Schedule: 16.09.2020 - 26.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Tuuli Asunmaa, Mari Partanen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tuuli Asunmaa, Mari Partanen

Contact information for the course (valid 24.08.2020-21.12.2112):


Tuuli Asunmaa,

Mari Partanen,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Content topics covered during the course:
    - Learning ability and various challenges in learning and studying
    - Effective learning and academic study skills
    - Identifying your own strengths and challenges in learning and reflecting on them
    - Planning your own studies and developing a personal study plan

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Participating in the contact teaching, active work on the course platform, making a personal study plan

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Contact teaching will be arranged remotely during autumn 2020 term. Attendance to remote teaching sessions is required.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    80 % compulsory attendance

    14 hours of contact teaching
    40 hours independent work


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Will be handed out in the beginning of the course & listed in course syllabus

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    10 Reduced Inequality


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Please note that teaching will be in remote mode during the autumn term. Teaching in the spring term will be determined later on depending on the pandemic situation and restrictions in Finland and at Aalto University.

    Teaching sessions are in Zoom as scheduled in WebOodi.

    Between teaching sessions students will work with their independent assignments.