Work on the personal study plan (PSP) is a process that continues throughout the degree programme to support your progress and the development of your expertise. PSP supervision supports you in drawing up your study plan and developing professionally.
When you begin your studies, you will be assigned a teacher or a group of teachers responsible for PSP supervision. They will help you find answers to questions arising during studies. PSP supervision is also a way to interact with teachers and other students.
As part of PSP supervision, you will:
- Define study-related goals and future professional goals
- Plan your studies
- Recognise and develop competence
The goal of guidance and supervision is to support your progress and a smooth learning process, and to promote student-centred learning. Guidance, supervision and advice can be provided in the degree programmes in many ways: in groups headed by a supervisor, in a seminar, in student peer groups or as a separately agreed one-on-one meeting. Guidance and supervision can also be incorporated into certain courses. For further information on practices in your degree programme, please see the section specific to your degree programme on this page.
Sisu is a tool for both you and your PSP supervisor. Once you have been added to your supervisor’s group (‘tutor’ and ‘tutoring group’ in Sisu), your supervisor will have access to your study plan, and you can send each other questions and comments regarding the plan. This way, your supervisor can give your feedback on your plan and answer any questions you may have. Detailed information on supervision in Sisu can be found in the instructions for study plans.
You can receive study-related guidance and supervision not only from your supervising teacher, but also from support, advice and guidance services.
The Guidance Compass provides answers to frequently asked questions about studies and helps you find the right service.
For guidelines on student supervision, guidance and progress monitoring, please see the rector’s decision (2017): Guidelines for academic supervision and guidance as well as the monitoring of student progress at the University of Helsinki (PDF).