STUDENT GUIDE


Here you will find some important information and some tips about studying at our university.


 
Course Materials
• Ask  from the older students
- Facebook Group TLU Law School in Helsinki- All Classes - (click!)

• Purchasing the course book
s - For example, Adlibris.com, BookDepository (EN), Alma Talent (FIN)

University Library - (click!)
  
You can access academic publications through the university library. Just log in with your account at University Library -> Resources -> Enter databases as a TLU User (in right sidebar).
• Borrow a book from libraries in Helsinki area - Libraries of Helsinki - (click!),
Library of University of Helsinki - (click!), The Library of Parliament - (click!)


Lectures and Seminars

Attendance to seminars is compulsory and they should be more interactive than lectures. Contact teaching for a course can comprise lectures and seminars, or lectures only. The school doesn’t allow all-seminar courses, but some lecturers circumvent this by dividing each contact teaching block into a lecture and a seminar, given successively.

Learn to take notes of the important things during lectures. There’s a lot that you’ll get from the slides, so concentrate on topics the lecturer elaborates are important, or other things that strike you as something above and beyond the slides.


Exams, Grading and WAG


1. Exams

Each course has to end with an exam.
Graded courses have an EXAM

PASS/FAIL courses have an ASSESSMENT

You should get all necessary details for the exam on the first lecture of the course. Please ask for them if the lecturer has forgotten.


Both an exam and an assessment can be handwritten, electronic (Moodle) or oral. While a majority of exams comprise essays, there are a number of courses with multiple choice exams, case analyses and other types of questions as well.


Exam durations vary by lecturer, but 90 minutes is used for most of the exams. Some lecturers allow dictionaries (FIN/EN only!) in the exam. The school usually provides unruled paper for exams.


Exams – building your schedule

Each course has two alternate exams during the exam week and you should register for at least one. If you fail your exam,  you need to register for re-exam, which is generally after the main exam week. Try to avoid having two or more exams per day – it’s quite doable. Two exams per week is recommendable. Combining easier subjects with harder ones for a week of exams gives you some space to maneuver with your reading.


Recommendable way to prepare for exams is to read the required materials already during the course; not the night before the exam. Reading beyond is a good strategy to get that edge for an A with your own analysis. 


2. Grading

The grading criterias for the course should be presented during the first lecture. Ask if necessary. The elements can include essays, presentations, group work, active participation during lectures. There’s always an exam, too. The exam grading always goes like this (unless the course has a pass/fail grading)

A (5)
B (4)
C (3)
D (2)
E (1)
F (fail – you will have to redo the exam)
MI (you have registered to the course but haven’t done the exam – you will have to take the exam when it is possible to do so)


The study programme tells if the course is graded or pass/fail. E_eng is used for graded courses and A_eng for pass/fails.


You should get your final grade registered to ÕIS in 10 working days after the exam.


If you’ve got questions concerning the grade you received, send an email to the lecturer. If the lecturer is unresponsive, contact your study assistant.


3. Calculating your WAG

Your weighted average grade is calculated based on all successfully passed, graded courses. Pass/fail courses and graded courses with an MI or F do not count. You can always ask your study assistant for your class ranking.


Copy Cards 

Copy cards for the copy machine at our school campus. Currently they can be purchased from Arina Chir (Primus Collegium treasurer). The copy machine can only photocopy papers or if you have a memory stick, it can be used to copy something from it. Card with 20 copies costs 2 euros


ERASMUS+ Exchange Studies - (click!)

Student Mobility for Studies is an educational programme of the EU which offers the students of European universities an opportunity of doing exchange studies in another European country and higher education institution. 


NB! Our study assistants can give you more information on the exchange studies.


Student Card and Student Discounts

The Student Card available for us is the International Student Identity Card also known as ISIC - (click!).


To get the card you must:
• Have a verification that you are a student at Tallinn University (you will get one from the study assistants)
• Have a picture of yourself (passport-type)
• Be a full-time student (30 ECTS per semester).


The Card costs 15 euros and it will be valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.


Other student discounts

You’ll get a certificate for HSL and VR/Matkahuolto from your study assistant. 

HSL - (click!)
VR - (click!)
Matkahuolto - (click!)