At TAMK many different forms of support and guidance are offered to students. One of the most important forms of support is the help students get from their fellow students, i.e. peer support.
Peer support is often very informal; tips you get from students on the same courses as you or help from the people in your student association, for example. There are, however, some formalised ways peer support is offered at TAMK. These are introduced in this article. If you need help with coping, would like support for your well-being or wish to meet new people, join the peer support groups that are on offer!
If you are interested in helping your fellow students, you can become a peer suportter. Many of the peer support activities are added to the curriculum and award study credits for participants. In peer support activities, you are able to develop many different skills which can be useful in your future working life. Peer suportters receive a training for their tasks.
All new Bachelor's level students studying full time in TAMK are given a student tutor to help them start their studies as smoothly as possible. The tutor is a more experienced student (usually from the same degree programme/field-of-study), whose task is to introduce the new student to the practicalities of univesity studies, the student community and the campuses. The tutor is often the first person a new student meets at the start of the semester.
Student tutoring is organised by Students’ Union Tamko in close cooperation with TAMK. Tutoring is offered at students in both Finnish- and English-taught degree programmes. In addition, student tutoring is also offered to incoming exchange students.
Different student tutoring options in TAMK are:
- Peer Tutoring
- Degree Tutoring
- International Tutoring
To become a student tutor: Student tutoring is a course and completing the courses award study credits. Student tutors are trained for their tasks. To become a student tutor, you must apply on Tamko's tutor application form during the application period.
Peer support for well-being and coping skills
During you studies you might encounter different kind of wellbeing and coping challenges. These situations may also affect your studies. TAMK offers different support services for wellbeing and coping, and there are aslo peer support available.
1) TAMK Parvi
Parvi excist because no one should be left alone. TAMK Parvi offers support services, peer support, and helps you to connect with others. Parvi has various encounters, small group activities and events. Parvi (TAMK main campus, B1-24) also hosts guidance and counselling services walk-in. In Parvi there are different groups and peer support activities. You can come to study at Parvi alone or in a group when ever the space is free.
From Parvi calender you can find all the activities gathered in one platform Welcome also to follow @tamkparvi account in Instagram!
Peer support for studying
Peer support for studying is meant to offer students opportunities for finding new ways of advancing their studies, motivate them to work in a sustained manner and to find groups which encourage learning.
1) Peer support groups by Parvi
TAMK's students offers various different kind of small groups activities at Parvi. These activities are open for all TAMK’s students. All the activities can be found here: Parvi calender
2) Sparris Workshops in English.
TAMK offers “Sparris” workshops that help students improve their study skills. At Sparris workshops students get tips example for time management, reading, writing and thesis. Sparris workshops are held by Special needs teachers and student wellbeing advisors. More info from Student’s Handbook.
Welcome to one workshop or to join all of them! No pre-registration is required.
3) One on one study friend you can find from StudyBuddy –Moodle that is open for all students of TAMK. Join Moodle here, add your own announcement and answer to others messages.
4) Finnish language club
In the Finnish Language Club, you can join us in a casual and relaxed discussion to share experiences, learn some basic Finnish and meet other students! People with no Finnish skills are also warmly welcome. There will be different themes to discuss each time! There are always some Finns here too so you can practice Finnish in everyday life situations, no grammar, no exams, but learning by speaking. No pre-registration is needed. You can find more info from TAMK Parvi calender and Intra.
Free-time and peer support
Success in studies and well-being rely heavily on the general enjoyment of student life. Finding friends and free-time activities is not always that simple, however. Our university community offers different opportunities to meet new people and to find hobbies.
1) In our community, peer support for free-time and student life in general has been traditionally offered by the numerous student associations and clubs. Joining an association can be extremely interesting, rewarding and helpful. In the associations you can do important and meaningful work towards the well-being of students at the University.
There are also lot's of hobby associations that are open for all students of the University community. On this page there is a list of hobby associations that operate within TREY.
2) Kamula - Students' meeting place