The Student’s Compass is a research-based virtual well-being and life skills programme developed by the University of Jyväskylä in Finland which Tampere University has piloted since May 2021. The Student’s Compass (Opiskelijan Kompassi in Finnish) offers new perspectives and practical tools to everyday problems students encounter in their studies. The web-based programme consists of various themes and exercises that are available as both text and voice or video recordings.
Watch a video on the Student Compass on Tampere University’s YouTube channel.
The programme is based on value-, acceptance- and mindfulness-related methods. The programme aims to
- promote students’ psychological, social, and emotional well-being,
- find ways to prevent and alleviate stress, tension, anxiety, and mood problems,
- encourage self-development and self-care,
- introduce students to issues that are important and meaningful to them, and
- help students to cope more effectively with the challenges of academic studies, such as problems with concentration, execution of tasks, and motivation.
The programme gives students the opportunity to practice
- skills for coping with thoughts and emotions,
- mindfulness and observation skills,
- self-awareness and self-development skills,
- identifying their own values and goal setting, and
- self-care and recovery skills.
Period 5 – Independent implementation in Finnish and English is available in the summer.
During the summer period, the Student Well-Being and Life Skills course (1 credit) based on the independent use of the Student Compass online program can be completed at your own pace during the summer period in both Finnish and English. Implementation will begin on June 1, 2022. The Course performance are recorded in August. The requirements for completing the Student Well-Being and Life Skills course based on the independent use of Compass include active independent use of the Student Compass online program and answering well-being and feedback surveys.
NOTE: You can read more about the course at the course description in Ops. More detailed information about the summer course will be available at SISU and the course description in Ops during the beginning of May.
Registration is open at SISU!
Read more about the Student Compass on the Tampere University website.
Read more about the cooperation between the universities of Tampere and Jyväskylä related to Student’s compass: Tampere and Jyväskylä universities cooperate to improve students’ mental health.