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32 Examples of Academic Weaknesses

 , May 05, 2020
Academic weaknesses are disadvantages an individual faces in a learning environment. These can relate to skills, abilities, experience, knowledge and character traits. Academic weaknesses may be identified as part of an admissions process or analysis of a student's learning goals and progress. The following are common academic weaknesses.
Athletic Ability
Coding
Collaboration
Consensus Building
Creative Writing
Cross-Cultural Communication
Dealing with Criticism
Digital Literacy
Essays
IT Skills
Independent Study
Language
Leadership
Listening
Nonverbal Communication
Note-Taking
Numeracy
Organization
Prioritization
Public Speaking
Reading Comprehension
Research
STEM
Self-Discipline
Socializing
Study Skills
Subject Weakness e.g. Math
Test Taking
Time Management
Verbal Communication
Visual Communication
Writing

Notes

In the context of an admissions interview, it is common to state a weakness and then explain how you have been working hard to self-improve and overcome the weakness. It is also common to pick a weakness that is minor or that signals a strength. For example, a weakness with test taking suggests that you understand subjects better than your grades indicate.
Another strategy for admissions is to pick a weakness that many students struggle with and explain that you are working on it. This sounds more authentic than a weakness that indicates a strength such as "studying too hard." For example, many students have difficulty with public speaking and time management such that this type of answer is believable but relatively unconcerning.

Academic Weaknesses

This is the complete list of articles we have written about academic weaknesses.
Abilities
Coding
Collaboration
Consensus Building
Education
IT Skills
Language
Leadership
Learning
Listening
Prioritization
Public Speaking
Research
Self-Discipline
Strengths
Study Skills
Talents
Time Management
Visual Communication
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