Barriers to learning

Factors that make learning difficult, barriers to learning, can be due not only to learning difficulties (e.g. various reading and writing difficulties, mathematical difficulties, and difficulty in perception and coordination) or lack of physical ability, but also to many other factors.

Often, independent study and taking responsibility require getting used to, as do the different study methods used at the university. The lack of meaningful learning techniques appropriate to the subjects being studied, or the difference between your own learning style and the teaching style used in teaching situations, can complicate learning and slow down studies. Various life crises and changes can also make it difficult to study.

Central to the smooth running of studies is the perception of your use of time – the rhythm of studying and other areas of life. For many, time management problems and the lack of planning are the stumbling blocks to studying.

Your perception of yourself as a learner also influences learning: underestimating your ability to learn and absorb and, on the other hand, self-imposed demands that are too high do not promote meaningful learning.

Sufficient time must be allowed for learning and the development of understanding. You should also be aware of your limits and remember the importance of rest and leisure alongside studying.

Further information on the barriers to learning:

  • The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) Health information resource explains e.g. the signs and alleviation means of social anxiety.

See also:

  • The Accessible studying pages contain e.g. general information about accessibility, university facilities and special study arrangements, as well as contact information for contact persons.
  • The Well-being and safety pages contain information on the student's overall well-being, which includes health, coping and safety services as well as study support services.