The real purpose of education is to make people socially responsible and economically productive so that they can enjoy a successful life. Although academic skills are very much dependent on the subjects a student has chosen, non-academic skills such as time management, logical reasoning, and initiation or leadership skills.
If students continue to hone less than five skills, they have a good chance of succeeding in the profession they want to pursue.
1. Time management
Time is the most demanded non-renewable resource in the world. Those who use it well rarely know the scarcity of other resources.
With a clear intention to achieve more in personal and professional life, good planning, and being honest with yourself, anyone can get more and better out of the same 24 hours.
The first and most important step in time management is prioritizing goals in your area of work. Next, establish a well-thought-out but practical daily schedule.
Set strict but realistic deadlines. Start using gadgets and apps that can save you a lot of time. After a week, the plan should be reviewed and corrected accordingly.
2. Power of analysis
A person’s decision-making abilities depend a lot on their analytical skills and those with impressive analytical skills more often celebrate success in academic and professional life.
Tips that can help you improve some common analytical skills are as follows.
First, analyze yourself to discover your strengths, potential, interests, and long-term goals. Before accepting a new task or a new challenge, spend a lot of time researching where you can benefit from the help of people as well as technology.
Practice makes perfect, so it’s a must that you practice the things you learn every day and adopt them into your working style.
3. Logical reasoning
Logical reasoning is a rational and critical way of thinking and solving problems. The process requires a systematic series of steps based on rational interpretations and mental calculations.
To improve their logical reasoning skills, the candidate must first optimize their observation skills. Once he is able to observe the situation, it would be easier to understand the real context with correct inferences.
Hence, it hones its trend and pattern analysis skills. Decoding patterns and structures more accurately and solving syllogism questions is not difficult if one follows a systematic approach and dedicates an hour a day for at least three months.
4. Initiation or leadership
A few people in this world like to introduce new things, concepts and actions, and they are called leaders. They make quick decisions and don’t wait for others in all important aspects of life.
Teachers should encourage students to participate in purposeful games, role-playing, and other classroom and community activities.
Exhibitions, symposiums, a sports week and cultural events should be organized regularly by schools as they motivate them to think outside the box. Here, active participation is more important than the end result.
Their level of creativity will increase dramatically if they do not stop participating in these activities due to irrational fears and inhibitions.
5. Communication and assertiveness
Each student has explicit qualities and hidden qualities. Those who are able to exhibit their talent through effective communication skills are easily noticed by others.
Despite good grades and good knowledge, some students do not pass interviews, fumble to make presentations and coordinate with others in teamwork. Teachers should pay special attention to these students and encourage them to participate in group activities.
Effective communication skills take lots of practice and a willingness to overcome limitations. Extracurricular activities such as plays, skits, essay writing contests, and storytelling can significantly improve students’ confidence levels and communication skills.
– Article by Nitin Vijay, Founder and Managing Director of Motion Education
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