"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own."

Philippians 3:12

What do we mean by study skills?

A skill is the ability to do something well. Most people assume that learning is natural as we do it from birth. However, reading and writing are a relatively new skill in the history of mankind and therefore much harder to achieve.

Study skills are the range of techniques used to acquire and expand knowledge and understanding. As students mature, they need to become more responsible for their own education and develop the independence to plan, complete and review their learning.
In short:

  • Time management
  • Understanding new information
  • Choosing the best methods to learn
  • Checking and setting new targets

Whilst teachers manage this in school for all students, it is important that your child develop these skills for themselves.

Why is it important for my child to develop these skills?

Good study skills allow a child to take more control of their learning. This helps them develop confidence and increases their self-esteem. Employers look for these skills in a young employee as they demonstrate the ability to overcome challenges and use their initiative to cope with day-to-day tasks. Having a good command of these skills therefore increases students’ employability.

How do I know where to start to improve my own/my child’s study skills?

Understanding what skills we need to develop is an important starting point. Below is a questionnaire, to help your child evaluate their strengths and areas for improvement. Once complete, they can identify which sections to read to help them make improvements.

Each further link below will provide students with advice and guidance on how to become skillful in each key area.