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.
Dealing with Criticism
Subject Weakness e.g. Math
NotesIn 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.
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