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70 Examples of Academic Skills

 , updated on December 07, 2023
Academic skills are talents and know-how that benefit academic pursuits such as learning, report writing and presentations. These include analysis, communication, social, planning, studying, test-taking, research and technical skills. The following are foundational academic skills.
Academic Discourse
Academic Writing
Analysis
Argument Development
Attention to Detail
Challenging Assumptions
Coding & Scripting
Collaborating
Comparative Analysis
Composition
Concentration
Constructive Criticism
Creative Writing
Critical Thinking
Data Analysis
Data Literacy
Debate
Design Thinking
Developing a Hypothesis
Digital Literacy
Diligence
Editing
Ethical Reasoning
Experiment Design
Goal Planning
Grammar & Punctuation
Group Communication
Handling Criticism
Information Gathering
Information Literacy
Information Synthesis
Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Language Proficiency
Listening
Math Skills
Media Literacy
Non-verbal Communication
Note-taking
Numeracy
Objectivity
Organizing
Peer Review
People Skills
Personal Resilience
Persuasive Writing
Planning
Presentations
Problem Solving
Public Speaking
Qualitative Analysis
Quantitative Analysis
Questioning
Reading
Research
Self-Directed Learning
Source Evaluation
Statistical Analysis
Study Skills
Systematic Review
Systems Thinking
Teaching
Test-taking
Time Management
Tolerance for Disagreement
Tutoring
Verbal Communication
Visual Communication
Vocabulary
Work Ethic
Writing

Studying & Learning

The ability to learn efficiently and effectively including self-study, research, group work and class participation.

Reading & Writing

The ability to fully comprehend and critique written works and to compose written works including essays, research and creative works.

Academic Communication

Academic communication skills beyond writing such as debate, public speaking and collaboration skills.

Technology Skills

Basic technology skills are often expected in an academic environment such as a program, class or workshop. This may include elements of digital, information, data and media literacy.

Critical Thinking

The ability to think in structured ways to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply knowledge.

Research Skills

The ability to conduct and evaluate research including fundamental, applied and exploratory research.

Summary

The following are foundational academic talents and knowledge areas.
Next: Academic Strengths
More about academic skills:
Analysis
Attention To Detail
Brainstorming
Composition
Critical Thinking
Data Analysis
Design Thinking
Digital Literacy
Diligence
Experiment Design
Goal Planning
Language
Learning Outcomes
Listening
Peer Review
People Skills
Personal Resilience
Planning
Public Speaking
Research
Rote Learning
Self-Direction
Statistical Analysis
Studying
Systems Thinking
Teaching
Time Management
Visual Communication
Work Ethic
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