The major kinds of generic skills include problem-solving techniques, keys to learning, such as mnemonics for memory, and metacognitive activities that include monitoring and revision learning skills. A generic skill covers a variety of disciplines and takes longer to acquire than skills that are area-specific.
Each generic skill has three steps, as outlined by Indiana University. The first step is learning the procedure used to complete the skill, such as the rules for a game of volleyball. The second step, problem-solving, requires the application of critical thinking skills, such as determining the most effective distance from the net for a particular move. The third step is the ability to memorize the order of the components and carry them out automatically.