Tips and tricks in online learning

Not a while ago, we all had to switch from in-person studies to online. It started a new area of education, required a change in our study habits, and brought many new tools to our daily usage. Now starting a class in the morning associates more with clicking on the Zoom link, joining the Teams conversation rather than sitting in the actual class with other students. No wonder, new circumstances require new solutions. Zoom, Teams, Telegram become an indefeasible part of our student life.  

In this blog post, weSvitlana and Katarzyna, decided to share our tips and tricks in the usage of online learning platforms, making our online studies more efficient and organized. 

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Review of campus’s student restaurants in Otaniemi

Have you tried all the campus restaurants in Otaniemi? No worries if you haven’t because I have and I will let you know my favorites. Usually the student lunch costs 2,70€ and it includes warm food/soup, different salad options, bread and water/milk/juice. There is always an option for meat and vegetarian. You can also order a la carte dishes for around 5€ like pizza, steaks and hamburgers. You can find Otaniemi’s student restaurants and menus from hereNext I will tell you more about the seven student restaurants and their dishes that I tried. 
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Don’t be too hard on yourself

Lost hope and a little depressed?
Struggling to find meaning at days end?
Don’t panic and have some rest,
Don’t be too hard on your self!

Can’t tell apart the days, weeks or a year that has left?
Wasted time with little to no progress?
Its okay not to be your best,
Don’t be too hard on your self!

Broken hearts and friendships gained,
Some things can still be the same,
Don’t isolate and be in pain,
Let yourself find that love again.

Humanity is again put through a test!
Our resolve will be the best,
Take one step and see what’s next,
Don’t be too hard on your self!


Saad Azhar
Building Tech Master’s Programme in School of Engineering
Building Technology
Aalto study options
Contact email: aaltosquad(at)aalto.fi

The Name of the Bird 

The first Finnish word that I’ve learned, was the name of a bird. I had just moved to a student apartment in Otaniemi and did my first load of washing in the laundry room. Looking out of the launderette’s rear window I could see nothing but nature: skinny birch trees, pines and sprouts followed by a field of reeds on the shore of the seawater bay. While waiting for the dryer to finish I decided to step outside to enjoy the last rays of sunshine on this late autumn afternoon. Just as I closed the door behind me, I noticed a subtle movement, and there it was, right at my feet: a tiny light brown bird with a string of black feathers and yellow spots on its wings.  

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How to embrace the winter Finnish style and see how we prepare for Chinese New Year

Snow events on a frozen lake

Embrace winter in Finland  

Here in Finland, winter is dark with long nights and scarce daylight. I was born and grew up in a southern city of China, which is heavy of tropical odors with daily temperature ranging from 15 to 28  in Januaryan climate totally different from wintertime here.  

Hence dark days and freezing weather are likely to create a sense of melancholy, especially during the pandemic days that call for social distance. Winter in Finland, however, can also give us a completely different and exotic experience with snow and ice. Winter provides me great opportunities to embrace the unique snowy landscape, enjoy amazing sown events, appreciate the warmth of a campfire or just stroll on a frozen lake.

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