Co-academic skills are defined as necessary areas of expertise for academic and life success. These skills include but are not limited to time management, reading college textbooks, writing college essays, information literacy, financial literacy, social skills, networking skills, self-management, interdependence, academic self-esteem, personal responsibility, goal setting, life planning, self-awareness, taking college level notes, taking college exams, and how to study for college courses.
The concept of co-academic skills depends upon the existence and development of academic skills such as reading, writing, math, language arts, and critical thinking skills. These are skills that are developed in the classroom. For example, a student taking a statistics course will be able to develop critical thinking and mathematical skills in relation to statistics. In order to pass the course and submit satisfactory assignments, the student will need to not only understand the course material, but will also need to utilize co-academic skills to meet their goal of passing the class and showing mastery in the statistics course.
Co-academic skills are more important than academic skills due to their ability to not only improve academic performance but employability as well. Co-academic skills surpass the limitations of academic skills in that co-academic skills can increase employability and provide a student with the ability to be successful outside of the classroom. These skills are also considered life skills. Generally speaking, a student can still be successful person without mastering academic skills such as statistics, however no one can be successful without mastering their co-academic skills.
In 2017 Melissa Doreus coined the term Co-Academic Skills as a result of the work she was doing with students, faculty, and staff.
Do you know what season it is? Fall? No! It’s midterm season!
There are open books as far as the eye can see. People who you haven’t seen in class since the first day are starting to show up again. It feels like assignments and deadlines are coming out of nowhere. What is happening? I will tell you my friends it is the midterm season. For some midterms can be scarier than Halloween, but no need to fear, with time, self-care, and motivation you can get through this! Here are some quotes to remind you of your strength when you may be feeling down because of the amount of work and studying you have to do. If you have a quote that is helping you feel free to share it with all of us in the comments. Let’s get started!
1. “Stay positive, work hard, make it happen”
2. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” Charles Swindoll
3. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Thomas Jefferson
5. “Don’t stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done.”
6.“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – Gail Devers
7. “Success all depends on the second letter.”
9. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”-Mark Caine
10. “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”-J. K Rowling
11. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”-Babe Ruth
13. “You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.”-Maya Angelou
14. “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”-Aristotle
15. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
17. “The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.”-Albert Einstein
18. “Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.” – Virat Kohli
19. “Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.” – Oliver Goldsmith
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