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Tampere University Student's Handbook

Student's Compass (Opiskelijan Kompassi)

Tampere University

The Student’s Compass is a research-based virtual well-being and life skills programme developed by the University of Jyväskylä in Finland.

Sign into Student’s Compass with your TUNI's username and password. 

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.

What is Student's Compass?

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.

Completing the Student’s Compass (Opiskelijan kompassi in Finnish) online program increases well-being and reduces study exhaustion, anxiety and stress

The Student’s Compass online programme was evaluated in the summer 2022 by Tampere University and an effectiveness assessment was carried out. The effectiveness evaluation (n = 370) produced encouraging results. The changes in well-being, symptom and process indicators were statistically very significant between the initial and final questionnaires. The use of Student's Compass online programme

  • increased well-being and reduced study exhaustion, depression, anxiety, stress and experiences of loneliness
  • improved awareness skills, increased psychological flexibility and life began to change according to own values

Furthermore, the University of Jyväskylä has conducted research on the effectiveness of the Student’s Compass. Active participation in the programme has been shown to reduce stress symptoms and depression. The programme can also have a positive impact on students’ emotional, social, and psychological well-being as well as help to improve self-esteem and increase mindfulness skills and life satisfaction. Read more information about the research related to Student’s Compass (the website of the Univerisity of Jyväskylä).

The Student’s Compass can be used independently or with support in every period

Students can use the Student’s Compass at their own pace, independently and anonymously. Independent use of the online programme is free of charge for all students at Tampere University.

Students can earn ECTS for using the programme by completing the independent Student Wellbeing and Life Skills study unit (1 credit). More information about the wellbeing coaching and support groups will come later.

Read more The Student’s Well-being and Life Skills course which is available in every study period.

Current information and schedules for the academic year 2022-2023, periods 1-4 and Summer period

Previous implementations of the course can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Summer period: Independent implementation in English is available

The requirements for completing the Student Well-Being and Life Skills course include active independent use of the Student Compass online program and answering well-being and feedback surveys.

Information about the implementation can be found in the course description in Curriculum. Sign up for the course on 31.5.2023 at the latest. 

Support sessions will not be available in the context of the Summer implementation. 

Piloting and implementation of the Student’s Compass at Tampere University

More information, contact address: opiskelijankompassi.tau [at] 


Contact persons in autumn 2022

Suvi-Päivikki Ikonen, Senior specialist

Education and Learning | Education and Learning Development Services
Email suvi.ikonen [at]
Phone +358503011948

Pauli Orden, Study Counselling Psychologist
Education and Learning | Education and Learning Development Services
Email: pauli.orden [at]
Phone: +358505275446 

Published: 5.9.2021
Updated: 15.3.2023