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: 06.09.2023 - 29.11.2023

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

    Course completion requirements:
    - completing all course assignments
    - participation in group work
    - attending at least 80% of the teaching sessions
    - approved personal study plan 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    80 % compulsory attendance

    14 hours of contact teaching
    40 hours independent and group work


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education


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.