How to enhance the smoothness of university students’ study paths?

Author/s:

Määttä, Kaarina*
University of Lapland, Finland (Kaarina.Maatta@ulapland.fi)

Uusiautti, Satu
University of Lapland, Finland (satu@uusiautti.fi)

Abstract:

Today’s educational policies aim at making education more effective. However, in order to realize this in practice, not only reforms in educational policy or institutions are enough. More attention should be exerted on students’ study paths as a whole. Using the descriptive research design paradigm, this article shall present an illustration of the factors that comprises the university students’ study paths. Based on the illustration, the authors discuss what good university studying is and how teachers are able to make students progress with their study paths smoother. The authors argue that teachers should be more thoughtful and willing to genuinely help and confront students as individuals. In essence, teachers should act as mentors who further students’ engagement in studying.

Keywords: higher education; studying; student engagement; mentoring; university education

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2012.v1i1.16

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