Study Psychologist

The study guidance team includes a study psychologist who specialises in the psychology of learning, counselling and advising. The study psychologist’s services are aimed at the University of Vaasa Bachelor’s, Master’s and research students.

Services of the study psychologist

The study psychologist works to enhance motivation, time management, the progression of studies and well-being. With the study psychologist, you can work together to solve issues related to learning or discuss your study goals.

The study psychologist’s guidance is aimed at improving students’ overall well-being and supporting the progression of their studies. 

The study psychologist offers both individual appointments and meetings for various groups.

When to contact the study psychologist?

The counselling focuses on difficulties with the progression of studies, such as:

  • Issues related to motivation
  • Strength and energy
  • Anxiety (e.g. performance anxiety or participating in group work)
  • Stress management
  • Time management or the feeling you’re not getting things done
  • Maintaining your ability to study
  • Developing your study and learning skills
  • Difficulties with theses or with the writing process
  • Returning to your studies after a long break.

The psychologist works together with the student on finding solutions, enhancing study skills, improving efficiency and developing new ways of thinking and acting and, thus, enhancing the conditions for studying.

The study psychologist is bound to confidentiality. The content of the discussions will be kept private and confidential. Students may have 1-5 sessions; the duration of each session is around 45 minutes.

The study psychologist does not carry out psychological assessments, treat or diagnose mental health disorders or any other health issues. If you need help with issues of this kind, please contact FSHS or your health centre.

You can also contact the study psychologist if you need special support, guidance or individual arrangements for studying, exams or completing the maturity exam.

Study skills cource

Opiskelutaidot (OPIS 0190) (“Study Skills”) is aimed at all students and intended to help them develop their study skills. On the course students gain useful tips for time management, study techniques, group work skills, motivation and general well-being.

The course is currently only available in Finnish.

Thesis workshop

University of Vaasa student, stuck with your thesis? Need some help?

Come and try out the thesis workshop! In the workshop, we solve thesis-related problems together, overcome writer’s blocks, give and get peer support and share tips, and above all, speed up the thesis writing process.

Contact: Ray Ohtonen, Study Psychologist and Niina Sorvari, Information Specialist

For up-to-date information about the workshop see the Tritonia website, under Services > Guidance and education > University of Vaasa students > Thesis workshop

The study psychologist’s blog Tune up your studies

The study psychologist’s blog includes useful study tips, episodes of the Tune up your studies video series, latest research findings and pointers to literature that can help you with your studies.

The blog is in Finnish.

Contact information

The primary way of booking an appointment is via Moodle, but you can also email the study psychologist or by email. When you book an appointment on Moodle, please note if your appointment is online or face-to-face.

Do not hesitate to get in touch!

Ray Ohtonen

Ray Ohtonen

Study Psychologist
University Services, Study and Education Services
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