Most skills necessary for one to succeed in life are what one can develop while in school. The reason is that the school environment provides the atmosphere for these skills to be developed. That means you don't need to wait till you are out of school to start developing and perfecting these critical success skills. The early you engage in something meaningful is better for you.
These skills may not be part of the usual school curriculum but like I
said earlier, the school environment provides the settings for these
skills to be developed. It would however take a deliberate and conscious
effort on the part of a student to develop these skills after all it's
your life-your responsibility. Theses success skills are;
Goal Setting: Your success in real life will depend on
knowing what you truly want and taking the responsibility towards
achieving it. If you don’t really know what your
objective is, then it
does not matter whether you win or lose. Students should learn the art
of goal setting, for instance you should have a goal for every study
time (What you have to achieve before your study hour ends). Those who
acquire good grades in school usually are those who decided to do so
right from the very beginning. Plan ahead! What grade do you want to
achieve? What skills do you want to acquire? Be clear on what you want.
This is a critical success factor.
Time Management: Distractions are inevitable on daily
basis. Life in school is no different. To ensure that one productively
maximize time, one needs to prioritize. Being busy isn’t the same as
being effective. As a student organize and plan how long you spend on
specific activities. Effective students understand the importance of
their time in school. Therefore they prioritize their daily activities.
There must be time for study leisure and other activities. Prioritizing
and scheduling your daily activities in creates a sense of
responsibility and urgency. Start now to learn the discipline of time
management. You will be glad you did.
People Skills and Team work: what I am referring to
here is building relationships of trust, respect and productive
interactions. Relationships plays a major role in life .It is often
said, it’s not what you know, but WHO you know. It is important to build
and maintain strong and positive relationships and networks. The school
environment is one that should help us appreciate the positive impacts
others can make in our lives. It is a good place to develop skills that
will enable you work and network with others effectively.
Effective Study Skills: To study effectively does not
necessarily mean to study for hours rather it is about studying smart.
It does not mean cramming as many students do. As a student question
what you are reading or being taught and seeking to understand how it
applies to practical life experiences. It demands you to open your mind
to knowledge and ideas outside your academic discipline or field. There
is difference between formal education and self-education. Formal
education ends the moment you are out of school. Self-education is for a
whole life time.
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: An important
goal of education is helping students learn how to think more
productively. That is the ability to generate and evaluate ideas. This
demands you to be analytical, open minded, inquisitive and able to use
your imagination. In school one is giving problems to solve which
requires you to apply the power of your mind
. Critical thinking and problem-solving is something that has to be
built over a period of time. You can start now to develop these skills
by taking on problems as they come and finding solutions, instead of
shying away from them. It will enable you to always see possibilities
where others see only dead-ends.
Communication Skills: One goal of education is to
enable students communicate what they know. Communication skills which
include reading, writing, listening are very essential in today’s world.
Apart from reading and writing presentations, reports and speeches are a
part of every school curriculum. This should be able to help a student
develop skills on communication. Most students tend to shy away from
presentations and seminars. What they have not realized is the
importance of these skills in modern day life.
Financial Intelligence: That you are still students is
no reason for you not to save and invest. If as a student you are
already heavily indebted you are setting yourself up for failure. As a
student think of an idea that will earn you a passive income stream or
multiply what you have. Many of the successful entrepreneurs and
investors today built the platform for their success back in their
school days. Be the person want to be by doing what you think is right for your future.
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