Skills College Students Need to Succeed

Life consists of choices. You are in control of the development of your soft skills because they result from your conscious decisions to behave or not to behave in certain ways.

Success at college requires a diverse set of skills and it’s not as simple as being a good student in high school and continuing that on to college. You need to be able to think critically and construct an argument using critical thinking. In this post, we will look at the top Essential Skills for College Students.

Time Management: Prepare a weekly schedule that includes time in class, studying, activities, work, meals, study and time with friends. Being a college student is like having a full-time job. Several hours of studying and preparation expected for each class.

Stress Management: Regular exercise, adequate rest, good nutrition, prayer and/or meditation are all suggested ways of engaging in self-care that reduces stress. Finding ways to increase coping resources will help students decrease the stressors that life will throw your way.

Study Skills: Even some of the best high school students have not always developed good study skills. Knowing how to read a text book, take notes in class, use the library and take multiple choice tests are all areas that will help you be more successful in the classroom.

Money Management: It is important to have experience in independently handling money, balancing a check book, using an ATM, reading a bank statement and learning to make responsible decisions about living on a budget.

Assertiveness Skills: Speak up for yourself in an assertive manner that is not aggressive or passively allowing others to take advantage of you. Assertiveness skills are helpful in roommate communication, study groups, teams and conflict resolution. They also involve learning and practicing healthy boundaries.

Well-Developed Self Care Skills: Develop bedtimes based on physical need and health. Adequate sleep and a healthy diet can improve mood, athletic and classroom performance and coping strategies for stress. Exercise, relaxation and good hygiene are also important aspects of self-care.

Keeping Safe and Avoiding Risky Behaviors: Staying safe means learning to advocate for your well being. It means making smart and low-risk choices and planning for the “what ifs” in life.

Seeking Assistance When Needed: A big part of advocating for yourself is knowing when to ask for help. The college years are a time for learning new information, new life skills and a new way of relating with our world. Seeking help when you need it is a sign of strength and integrity, not an admission of failure.

Respecting the Rules and Policies: Every community has rules and policies and our college campus is no different. Our rules and policies apply to safety and fostering a positive community where all students are respectful of themselves, others and the environment.

Displaying Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance: Learning to incorporate personal values and ethics into every aspect of life is a significant part of personal growth during the college experience. Part of the path of integrity is learning how to hang in there and stay committed to goals even when situations are