When asked to describe the subjects that most interest them, student’s answers often come as a surprise to their parents.
The truth is, parents, teachers even friends can hold pre-conceived notions about the strengths, interests and aptitudes of those around that can run contrary to a student’s actual interests.Here I came across a good post during my research which enable you to discover your strength and weakness http://www.degreesanddebt.com/2014/01/30/know-your-strengths-and-weaknesses-school-success/
These incorrect assumptions, too often based solely on academic performance, or other school-based criteria can be damaging when not informed by the direct input of the student. This input can come in many forms: informal interest surveys, interviews as well as objective performance observations by qualified personnel.
Listen to your heart
Before committing to a vocational or academic track in high school or to a specific post-secondary college or vocational program, do some research — both inward and outward.
Sadly, we often we learn to disguise our true interests, the subjects that really excite us, to cover up for past failures or to fit into a peer group we wish to be part of. To fit in, “what we really enjoy learning about” gets sidelined to accommodate for cycles of failure, one-dimensional teaching styles and the desire to fit in socially.
It is critical to mention here that if you don’t make your true learning interests clear to others, you run the risk of allowing others to make key decisions about our future. In some cases, the pressure of these seemingly monumental decisions, assessments and surveys can be overwhelming. Keep in mind that the process of discovering your true learning interests, those that offer the greatest prospect for a rewarding career, does not take place overnight. Stress can invalidate your responses and taint even the best assessment tools. Tell your counselor or career adviser when your feeling anxious or overwhelmed and take breaks when necessary.
Focus on your successes, not your failures
In assessing your learning preferences, determining what it is you most enjoy learning about, keep your successes in the forefront. Try to remember your accomplishments, not matter how small. Recall the things that you’ve discovered, created or surprised yourself in doing. Whether it was leading your scout troop through a challenging orientation maze, winning second place in a short story contest, earning a C in Algebra or mastering a complex video game.
Within every accomplishment lie potentially untapped strengths that may help clarify career goals and guide your future educational plans.