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The study psychologist services are available for the degree students of the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Students can have confidential counselling on problems related to studying, learning and study ability. The purpose of counselling is to strengthen the psychological well-being of the student and together find solutions for problems affecting the student´s ability to study.

Typical themes are

  • Motivation
  • Progress of studies
  • Study skills and time management
  • Difficulties in learning or paying attention
  • Study ability and stress
  • Study related self-image and self-esteem
  • Stage fright
  • Beginning of studies
  • Traineeship
  • Thesis
  • Graduating
  • Returning to studies after a break

Discussions are part of the study guidance services (usually 1-5 times, 45 min each), and they are free of charge for the students. Please do cancellation latest 24hours before the scheduled appointment so we can help other students in the waiting list. Uncancelled appointments will be counted in the 5 time maximum. 

You can book an appointment by sending an email to (korvaa # -> @) Add your contact information (name, field of study, email address and phone number) in the message body.  Tell if you want to have counselling on Linnanmaa campus or remote counselling via videocall or phonecall. We will answer you as soon as possible, typically in 1-3 working days.

Counselling on Linnanmaa campus Tue-Thu.

Remote counselling Mon-Thu. 

Note: The treatment for mental health disorders is done in the health care so in these issues please contact FSHS (degree students) or your own Health Clinic (exchange students from EU countries). Exchange students from other countries than EU countries can use the health care named by their health insurance.

In acute crisis you can go to Acute Reception of your own Health Clinic without booking an appointment. Alternatively you can contact Oulu Crisis Centre or the Student Chaplaincy

Kiia Kilponen
Study Psychologist
Sara Tiainen
Study Psychologist
Pauliina Junnikkala
Study Psychologist
Pia Partanen
Study Psychologist
Saara Kuusisto
Study Psychologist
Roosa Frantsi 
Study Psychologist Intern



Study Together

Would you like to meet new people, get practical study tips and study at campus in a small, intercultural, and multidisciplinary group?  Apply for Study Together – group, where you will study with others and get to try out studying with Pomodoro-timer.

The study group is open to students from all study fields, faculties, and study programmes. In the group meetings you can choose your own study method and topic, for instance you can write essays, reports, or study for an exam.

Group 1 will meet on Thursdays at 14.15-15.45, on 7th October, 14th October, 21st  October and 28th October at Linnanmaa campus. The group will be hold in Finnish.

Group 2 will meet on Thursdays, at 14.15-15.45, on 11th November, 18th November, 25th November and on 2nd December. The group is open to all international and Finnish students, but the group will be hold in English.

The instructors of the group are study psychologist Saara Kuusisto and solution designer Salla Herrala.

There are 10 spaces in both groups. Apply by sending email to (korvaa # -> @) The deadline for applications for Group 1 is on Monday 4th October, and for Group 2 on Monday  8th November. Please state, to which group are you applying for in the email.

Moodle Courses

Moodle courses are open during 23.8.2021-31.5.2022.

Study Skills Course 

Learn how to learn and feel better at Study Skills Course! The goal of this online course is to create tools in your toolkit to help your studies progress and increase your study well-being. You will get feedback on your progress from the study psychologists. 

Course themes: study techniques, time management, motivation, study related self-image and self-esteem, stress management.
Participation: You can complete the course independently on Moodle. 
Course name: studyskills
Course key: studyskills21-22

You can find the course from Moodle and enroll with the course key. 

Everyday Acceptance Course

Strengthen your psychological flexibility and stress management skills with the Everyday Acceptance Moodle course. The course is based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). You will get feedback on your progress from the study psychologists. 

Course themes: thoughts and emotions, values, mindfulness, self-compassion and acceptance.
Participation: You can complete the course independently on Moodle. 
Course name: Everyday Acceptance (ACCEPT)
Course key: accept2021

You can find the course from Moodle and enroll with the course key. 


Time management and motivation webinar by Study Psychologist Pauliina Junnikkala.

Tips for independent studying webinar by Study Psychologist Kiia Kilponen.

Coping with stress webinar by Study Psychologist Pauliina Junnikkala

Mini webinars

Studying at a University.  Study Psychologist Hilla Marin. Student life and life as a student - what do I need to know about it?
Goal orientation and planning. Study Psychologist Hilla Marin.  How to maintain motivation and efficiency as a student? Clarifying the long term goals and creating good plans is motivating. When your motivated, goal oriented and well planned you can also manage your time and stress better. 
Time management. Study Psychologist Hilla Marin. How can you make yourself an effective plan for your studies? Why is calendar an important tool for students?
Study techniques. Study Psychologist Hilla Marin. There are different studying techniques and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for the other. Self knowledge is important, when searching for the best methods for oneself. When studying different types of materials, it's often best to use different strategies. 
Student well-being. Study Psychologist Hilla Marin. Student well-being is always a subjective experience of one's own well-being. It could be described as a state where studies are progressing and there's room for other important things in life as well. What about if well-being is at risk? What to do when you are not feeling well? 


Tips for studying Padlet. Study Psychologist Pauliina Junnikkala. Tips compiled by a Study Psychologist for more effective studying. 
Tips for well-being Padlet. Study Psychologist Pauliina Junnikkala. Study Psychologist´s tips to support well-being. 
Supporting your studies guide. Study Psychologist Pauliina Junnikkala. Tips for studying.


  • Counselling takes place on Linnanmaa Campus or remotely.

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Administrator of the page: Sara Tiainen  |  Page updated: October 13th, 2021