In School, You Need to Succeed and Life
School is tough, but if you can master these 8 skills, you’ll be able to persevere and succeed in your education. As someone who has spent more than 20 years in the classroom as an educator, I know how difficult it can be to learn new things and successfully complete assignments from day to day. But if you have the right foundation and are committed to putting in the effort, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with these 8 skills in your toolbox!
1) Reading Comprehension At School:
A big part of school is reading, which is why having good reading comprehension skills is an absolute must. In elementary school, you’re probably reading short books, but as you move up in grades it will get more difficult. The average American reads at a seventh-grade level which means if your reading skills aren’t advanced, you’re going to have trouble understanding what you read. To help make things easier on yourself, later on, start practicing your reading comprehension now by reading something outside of your comfort zone (like advanced sci-fi novels or Wikipedia) every day for about half an hour each day. If a subject or author interests you but confuses you because it uses big words or complicated grammar rules, look them up online.
2) Critical Thinking:
It’s easy to do poorly on a test, but it takes real skill to get an A. Even though standardized tests may not be our favorite way of measuring performance, college admission decisions are usually based on them. With that in mind, it’s important for students to develop critical thinking skills. In English class, for example, teachers shouldn’t just give you a worksheet with sentences that you need to correct; they should teach you how to analyze different kinds of essays (like narrative and argumentative).
The same goes for math class students need to practice applying formulas instead of just memorizing them. If you want your students to succeed at school, help them hone these essential skills!
3) Time Management At School:
Good time management skills are one of your top assets when it comes to succeeding at school. The ability to manage your time well can help you avoid procrastination, not feel stressed out, deal with change better and focus on schoolwork rather than distractions. It can also make you more employable if you’re searching for a job or looking for a promotion. Having good time management skills means being able to prioritize tasks effectively and getting things done on time with enough flexibility so that life events don’t throw everything off track.
Creativity is crucial because it allows you to approach problems from a new perspective, often leading you to solutions at school that would have never occurred to you otherwise. It’s also a skill that tends not only to have high value but also high demand: even if your major isn’t arts-related, creativity is still an important asset for success. There are a million ways and then some to increase your creative abilities; here are just a few
5) Communication At School:
Research shows that children who have difficulty communicating, particularly with their parents, are more likely to struggle socially. A study from York University in Toronto found that children with social deficits were less likely than peers without such deficits to have a confidant in either gender by early adolescence. While it’s true that it takes time for some children to learn.If your child struggles in school because she doesn’t understand what others are saying or isn’t able to get her own point across, you might need professional intervention; consider working with an occupational therapist who can help your child improve her communication skills.
6) Critical Writing:
At school you’ll need to be able to write persuasively, meaning you can convince others friends, family members, teachers, or business partners that your point of view is valid. These persuasive communications should start with a plan: Have an objective for your communication before you begin writing it. Then make sure to use clear language and support your statements with evidence. Start by stating your conclusion at its most basic level so readers know what your message is early on. Then, clarify how you got there with specific supporting details. Doing so will help ensure readers stay engaged and follow along on your argument as opposed to disengaging out of boredom or confusion.
7) Public Speaking/Confidence:
One of the most important skills you can develop is public speaking. Whether you’re giving a presentation, representing your group on campus, or interviewing for a job, effective communication is one of your best weapons. If public speaking isn’t one of your strong suits, don’t be afraid to practice! If you have a friend who will let you practice with them, even better. Practice out loud so that you can get used to hearing yourself speak and make sure that it comes across as clear as possible.
8) Study Smart NOT Harder:
The truth is, doing homework will not make you smarter, in fact, it can actually hurt your school performance. Simply write down how many hours you spend studying each week. If that number is higher than 10 and especially if it’s higher than 15 you might need to scale back a bit.
It’s important that you make a point of acquiring life skills the ones you didn’t learn as a kid during your time at school. These skills will help you immensely not only when it comes to succeeding in school but also throughout your life after graduation.