Academic Skills

Definition: All students acquire academic skills appropriate to support postsecondary goals through direct instruction and/or added support as necessary.


  • Predictors of academic success
  • Study skills
  • Reading and writing skills, basic to all disciplines
  • Asking for help

Predictors of academic success

It takes a combination of skills — organization, time management, prioritization, concentration, and motivation — to achieve academic success. Consider these tips from

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) provides descriptions and lesson plan starters for effective practices and predictors that promote positive post-school outcomes for all students with disabilities. The website is a little hard to use, but full of good stuff. We recommend using their the search box, for example, “algebra”, to cut through to content that interests you.

Study skills

Top 10 study skills for high school students transitioning to college, from CampusExplorer.

Concise tips and study advice from the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, AZ.

Organizational tips from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, with a focus on students figuring out which strategies work for them.

Reading and writing skills

Reading and writing go hand in hand and are basic to every academic subject and every job a student will ever hold.  Two good pages from GreatSchools offer advice on mastering reading and writing skills:

Asking for help

Article from Education Week on how teachers can encourage help-seeking.

Article from CollegeBoard about the role of the guidance counselor, starting with freshman year.

See Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy page on our site.