Creativity, critical-thinking skills, communications skills, problem-solving skills, listening skills and perseverance can all be considered academic strengths. Academic strengths are skills and talents that help a student learn efficiently and succeed in academic pursuits. Challenging oneself academically helps a student discover and hone these strengths.
Academic strengths are often overlooked by students because they come naturally or because specific situations prevent students from discovering strengths. Academic strengths can be determined in various ways such as self-examination, taking on new or challenging classes or through aptitude tests. Academic strengths are important to note when applying for college since the environment is often competitive.