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: 22.09.2021 - 15.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mari Partanen, Meri Karjalainen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Mari Partanen
Meri Karjalainen

Student Assistant:
Emma Johansson


CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English, Finnish, Swedish


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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

  • applies in this implementation

    To complete the course, it is required to:

    80 % attendance in contact teaching
    Complete all given assignments 
    Make a valid study plan

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    80 % compulsory attendance

    14 hours of contact teaching
    40 hours independent work


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    10 Reduced Inequality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Minimum amount of students 5.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-Spring III

    2021-2022 Autumn I-Spring III

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    Registration for the course in weboodi.

    This course is for Bachelor's Programme in Design students only. Max. 20 students