Building resilience in students (Learning a new skill)

19 Feb 2020 Simon Ng 0 liked this article.

Learning a new skill is often a difficult and tedious process, yet the rewards gained from it usually makes it worthwhile. Nowadays, students tend to give up very easily, they will start to consider quitting at the first sign of any struggle. This is because they are unable to withstand hardships involved in the learning process and put in the time and effort required to overcome it. This would hinder their own personal growth and development as they are not constantly upgrading their skillsets. The younger generation have a preference for the instant gratification that comes from using social media and the internet, they are able to get enjoyment easily and would not see the point in working hard to master a new skill. However, it is vital for them to have the drive and determination to improve themselves, not just for their academics, but for the future. Read on to learn more about some tips on how you can build up resilience

1. Starting small

One of the most important things you can do while learning a new skill is to start small. It is crucial for you to be realistic and not be overly ambitious. Know yourself and your ability, everyone picks up things at different rates. Instead of comparing with other people, challenge yourself to improve a little every day. Break down the skills to be learnt into smaller parts and start from the basics. This will help you to build a strong foundation which would enable you excel when you become more proficient. Breaking the skill down into smaller parts or milestones will also help to make it more manageable and doable, you will not be daunted or overwhelmed by how ‘bad’ you are at the start. Slowly work your way up and as you begin to improve and make progress, you will become more encouraged and be spurred to push on. It is vital that you have fun enjoy the process so that it is something you look forward to instead of seeing it as a chore.

2. Being consistent

Learning a new skill requires time and effort, it is unlikely that you will be able to become proficient at something if you do not work hard for it. It requires constant and consistent practices to become adept at something. Allocate yourself some time to practice every day, daily practices will help you to pick up the skill more quickly and effectively. It does not have to be a long period of time like 2 hours day as it will be too overwhelming and the inertia you have to overcome to start practicing will be very high. Instead, start with something reasonable like 5 minutes a day. This is something that is very achievable and you will be more motivated to complete it. Once you have created a daily routine, slowly increase the time spent on practicing as you improve. This way you are slowly but surely building a habit and this is key in successful learning a new skill.

3. Embrace failure

Finally, it is of paramount importance that you learn how to embrace failure. Students want to appear smart and capable, especially to their friends and families. This is to meet the expectations that have been placed on them. Well it is not necessarily wrong to want to appear ‘good’ at everything, it tends to cause students to stick to the things that they are already good at or comfortable with. They might be afraid to try out new things as they are unfamiliar with it and are afraid to not excel or even fail as it would make them appear ‘incompetent’. You have to know that it is okay to make mistakes or not be good at something on your first try. Everyone starts from ‘nothing’ and if you are afraid of failing, you will find it very difficult to continue on as things get harder. Treat each failure as a challenge and opportunity for self-development to improve and upgrade your skills, learn from the mistakes made and not repeat them again. This way, you will surely make great strides and progress quickly!

It is vital that students build up a resilience in themselves. This will help to give them the strength to persevere and overcome challenges instead of giving up. They will be able to pick up more skills as well as be exposed to different and new opportunities which will aid in their development for the future. Ensure that the skill you are learning is manageable and not overwhelming by keeping it small and short as well as learn how to embrace failure and learn from your mistakes. This will help to encourage and keep you motivated to master it!   

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