The Study smart project focuses on study skills and university preparation for upper secondary students. Of special interest is students’ transition from upper secondary school to higher education and their experiences and challenges during their first year of study in higher education with specific attention given to the First year experience, academic emotions, academic self-efficacy and self-regulated learning.
The empirical data include a questionnaire answered by 480 students in ten upper secondary schools in Finland, questionnaires answered by rectors, study counsellers and subject teachers in the same schools. In addition semi-structured interviews with 23 teachers and study counsellers were conducted and 267 reflective journals written by university students were analysed qualitatively. The aim with Study smart is to develop interventions for upper secondary schools to support students’ transition to further education, and to develop interventions that support and promote students’ study skills and learning in higher education.