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 able 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 the Finnish academic learning culture

Credits: 2

Schedule: 07.09.2022 - 30.11.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kuura Koivu, Mari Partanen

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

Mari Partanen
Kuura Koivu

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Content topics covered during the course:
    - Learning ability and wellbeing 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:

    Course assignments, active participation in the contact teaching and group work, making a personal study plan

  • applies in this implementation

    To complete the course following requirements need to be fulfilled:
    80 % attendance
    All course assignment completed

    Grade is based on:
    75 % final assignment (learning reflection) 
    25% active participation in contact teaching and group work

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    80 % compulsory attendance

    14 hours of contact teaching
    40 hours independent and group work

  • applies in this implementation

    Study time allocation
    Contact teaching (incl. time to think)
    Assignment 1: Dream2
    Assignment 2: Wellbeing5
    Assignment 3: Time management10
    Assignment 4: Personal study plan6
    Assignment 5: Group evaluation3
     Assignment 6: Self evaluation2
     Assignment 7: Learning reflection5
     Total 54


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    10 Reduced Inequality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II

    Enrollment :

    This course is for Bachelor's Programme in Design students only.
    Minimum amount of students for the course to be arranged 5 
    Max. 44 students

    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 sisu.