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  • Kekkonen, Kirsi (Helsingin yliopisto, 2017)
    Objectives. The aim of this study was to find out the relationship between learning approaches, study-exhaustion and work among master's degree law students in University of Helsinki. The study examined what kind of learning approaches master's degree law students use and how exhausted the students are. Furthermore, the study examined, how learning approaches are related to study exhaustion. The aim was also to find out, how much do students work alongside their studies, and what is the relationship between working and learning approaches, and, between working and study exhaustion. Learning approaches consisted of deep approach, organized studying and surface approach. Study exhaustion, on the other hand, consisted of three parts; total study exhaustion, exhaustion and cynicism. Students working habits were examined on the basis of weekly working hours. The relationship between learning approaches and study exhaustion has so far been studied very little, and that's why it is important to examine the subject. In addition, master's degree students are a suitable group to be studied, as at this stage of studies many are already in work life. Methods. The context of the study was master's degree law students from University of Helsinki. The data was gathered quantitatively through an electronic questionnaire called HowULearn. Students responded to the questionnaire as part of their mandatory HOPS (personal study plan) - course performance. The study material consisted of 196 students, of whom 135 were women and 61 men. Results and Conclusions. Master's degree law students responded highest average on deep approach and organized studying. In the case of study exhaustion, exhaustion had the highest average. However, the level of total study exhaustion was quite low. Gender also turned out to explain both learning approaches and study exhaustion. Surface approach explained all the three parts of study exhaustion. Moreover, interesting result was that organized studying explained cynicism. Over half of the students worked over 20 hours a week alongside studies. However, work did not explain learning approaches or study exhaustion. Based on this study, it can be stated that instead of work, student's approaches to learning are in a significant role of student's well-being. Particularly, attention should be paid to surface approach when planning teaching methods in university.