Thesis support group

Support group for students working on their master’s thesis facilitated by Hanken’s study coach and study psychologist.


Do you feel stuck with your master’s thesis? Or do you feel that the thesis process is not going quite as smoothly as you had hoped?

Starting in March 2023, Hanken offers online group support for students who struggle with their thesis. The group will be facilitated by study coach Alexandra Ohls and study psychologist Jennifer Söderlund.

During the group sessions, we will discuss topics such as finding a good strategy to get started on the day's work on the thesis, ideas for overcoming writer’s block, and methods for dealing with difficult thoughts related to the writing process. The group offers peer support and helps you form a network with students in the same situation, which means that you do not have to struggle with your thesis alone.

Thesis support group held by the study coach and the study psychologist. The group will be held either in English or in Swedish, depending on who will sign up for the group.

Who is the group for?
For students working on their master’s thesis - regardless of their major or whether they study in Helsinki or Vaasa - who feel stuck in the thesis process.

Online via Teams

Introductory group session on Tuesday 7 March 2023 at 10:00-12:00. Group sessions Tuesday 21 March, Tuesday 4 April and Tuesday 18 April 2023 at 10:00-11:00. Closing session on Thursday 4 May at 10:00-11:00.

How do I join the group?
Sign up here no later than 2 March 2023. We will send some further practical information by email to those who have signed up. The group has a limited number of places, so we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible to ensure a place in the group.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Study coach
Study psychologist


Alexandra Ohls

Alexandra Ohls

Alexandra Ohls is a certified coach – ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) – who has worked at Hanken as study coach for the last three years. During these years, she has held more than 300 coaching sessions with students and PhD students at Hanken and has helped many who have been struggling with writing their thesis. Alexandra has also held workshops and lectures on study ability, motivation, and sustainable study habits. Her best life hack is starting the day with a morning walk.


Jennifer Söderlund

Jennifer Söderlund

Jennifer Söderlund is a licensed psychologist who started working as study psychologist at Hanken last autumn. Previously, she has worked within the education sector as lecturer in study technique, facilitator of mindfulness groups, and has worked in basic education. As a study psychologist, she is good at adapting to your needs, and is a good listener who also strongly sees the value of humour when facing life’s challenges.