Top Tech Skills for College Students: What You Need to Know to Succeed in School

Getting to college is a journey. A student must do well in classes, fill-out applications, write essays, etc. In some cases, an adult gains experience before heading to college. Regardless, in some cases, essential skills are not learned or improved. In some cases, high school students may have access to computers but with limited resources and teachers who can relay top tech skills. If you’re headed toward a higher degree, here’s what you need to know to succeed.

Basic Office

There was a time when ‘office’ referred to WordPerfect, Excel, and PowerPoint. Each has its own purpose: writing, stats and number crunching, and presentation. It’s suggested that college bound students get familiar with similar software since professors may require reports and homework be typed or presented.

Search Engine

It’s not strange for some to misunderstand what a search engine is and does. Some incorrectly use the term ‘Google’ interchangeably with ‘the Internet.’ Google is a search engine (on the Internet) that helps people find information. It’s essential that students become familiar with using search engines (Yahoo, Bing, etc) and feel confident about finding information within university or educational-based databases (JSTOR for example).

Online Tools

Students must grow familiar with and engage in related technology, such as attending online seminars, video conferencing with professors and peers, and using multimedia to enhance learning or compose assignments. In some cases, entire degrees are earned ‘online,’ which means the student is totally reliant on their ability to learn and use software, apps, etc.

Typing and Editing Skills

While a majority knows how to type, few know how to quickly navigate through documents, edit, or use advanced features of related software. Knowing how to type is a minimal skill; successful college students are skilled typists and efficient in using advanced features. Check Typisto to test and develop your typing skills further.

Online Communication

As mentioned, students may need to attend online seminars or video conference with professors. There’s also a need to mention that students are efficient in receiving and sending email as well as appropriate in composing messages to professors and other professionals. Furthermore, some teachers may require students to create their own websites, join and participate in forums, or read and comment on class related content, which all necessitate time and learning.

Security Awareness

With increased technological participation comes vulnerability. Ten years ago, ‘identity theft’ was a rare occurrence. Today, many students use online resources to buy goods and services and use online tools (dating sites, etc.) Students must be wary of exposing vital information along with that of peers or professors.

Free Resources

In some cases, you may need stats or pictures to supplement assignments. Therefore, a student will need to know where to find free and legal resources to meet demands. For example, it’s not legal to use an image from a website without the consent of the webmaster or the owner of the picture. While it would be inconvenient to ask for consent, plenty of websites offer free and legal to use images.

Josh Scott has worked as a careers consultant with students and young people for several years. Helping them to hone their skills, he shares useful tips and tricks in his articles to help you get the job you want.

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