Here are these 4 tips for a starting point on how someone can improve their 21st century study skills.
1. Focus on building Organization Skills
Organization isn’t everything. But it’s pretty important. We like the analogy of the ski lift. Does a ski lift help you ski? No. But it can help you get to skiing a lot faster.
Organization doesn’t help a student learn more, but it helps eliminate all the junk that keeps them from learning more. Students, if you’re in need of some organization skills, invest the time to work on them.
2. Focus on building Academic Skills
By “Academic Skills” we mean the actual study skills themselves. How do you learn? What are you doing in class? When some information hits you in the face, does it stick? You know, that kind of stuff. Find an area to work on, and then do it
3. Focus on building your intrinsic motivation
Students, your parents can’t succeed for you. They also aren’t the ones who will ultimately have to experience the results of your academic success… or your missed opportunities.
If you don’t know where to start, try thinking through what you really want out of life. No one is going to get it for you. No one is going to make you earn it. But if you know for what you want your life to count you have all the opportunity you need in your education.
4. Focus on one skill at a time
Don’t think we’re asking you to drop everything and change your entire life. Just pick one area. Invest a little each day. In the long run, you’ll find it’s worth it.
If we cultivate only one skill, chances of mastering that skill will be higher, but we must also understand, our competition increases exponentially. There will always be a better writer, a better speaker, a better dancer or a better programmer. Somehow we tend to lose ourselves in the crowd. Master one level of a skill, and we are now faced with competition from thousands in the next level.
Take psychology for example. Psychology is vast like an ocean. It may also take you quite ahead of the crowd once you master it. But combine your moderate knowledge of psychology with good writing and public speaking skills. You are now in the field of human development and motivation.
Steve Jobs or Bill Gates were not necessarily the world’s best or greatest in one skill. They learnt to weld all their individual, sufficiently mastered talents into one and produce a combination that the world will remember for many years to come.