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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Developing Academic and Personal Talent - Simple Tips

By Andrew Loh

Almost all children possess special talents and skills to perform well in their academics and professional life. However, this should be noticed and identified at an early age so that parents and teachers can empower them with special skills and intelligence required to develop academic and personal brilliance. Parents can do a lot by helping their children by working with them at home. The main goal of working in children is to make them aware of their immense talents and skills and challenge them to face any situation with courage and intelligence.

Defining academic and personal talent in children is very tricky as both of them are interrelated with each other. First, children should pay more attention towards attaining upgrading personal talent so that they can get ready to boost their academic career. To upgrade personal talent, children should develop various skills and abilities that help them in their life. Skills mean those set of behaviors that children can learn and improve by the way of repeated practicing. As they hone their skills, they can enhance their knowledge in the areas of their preferred study. On the other hand, abilities relate very closely to skills. In fact, abilities are natural talents that come automatically through birth. Singing, painting, dancing, sports, playing, typing are some of the abilities that come naturally to many children. Gifted children possess one or many of these skills in a more pronounced way than other children who are normal.

Parents can help their children develop both skills and abilities. First, children learn and understand that they can learn some specific skills that can lead them to develop abilities in those skills. Once children develop skills, they are laying a strong foundation for developing personal talent. With refining of learnt skills, children may also get ready to apply those skills to develop academic talent. Some of the most important skills that children can learn are as follows:

Employability skills

These skills are needed by all those who work for their livelihood. These skills are needed irrespective of someone's job, work setting and industry. To boost this skill, children will have to develop good work habits, basic reading and writing skills apart from developing math abilities. These skills are primary but mandatory for a successful academic experience.

Transferable skills

Children should be able to transfer their skills from one line of profession to the other and they should also be able to work under different academic and professional settings. In other words, children may need to develop skills and hone them so that they can fit themselves in to challenging academic ambiances.

Job specific and technical skills

Children may need to develop a set of skills that help them adapt them to any type of learning situations and job settings. When children learn how to switch their skill set and mind set, they can even change their academic line midway and switch over to other streams of studies. These skills will also children to adapt their mindset to increasingly difficult job market that is very competitive.

Parents can do a lot to teach children how to empower their academic and personal learning. Here are some simple skills that might come of immense use:

Setting very higher academic goals for children is the first basic technique for a parent. Convince them that success is possible and they can reach the required success level if they learn how to set goals and work on them without fail. Let children know the importance of learning important skills that are so much essential for achieving success in academics. A few of the most important skills that should be learnt on a personal level are basic reading, writing, math, comprehension, concentration, focusing, attention, dedication and timeliness. Not all children come with a heap of personal skills and talents. However, they can be honed and perfected with consistent practice. Convince children that repetition and consistent practice are two of the success mantras for future academic success. Provide enough freedom so that children can learn with speed that is workable for them. Let them use the provided opportunity to choose the best possible options and later work on them to learn the best from the nature and classroom.

Children, when given an opportunity to equate the relationship between personal talent and skill with academic talent, they can easily think and ponder over the best possible academic path to reach unqualified success. Success can only come with repetition and consistent practice. This is where parents should take care of their children and help them the basic commandments of talent development.


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