Kids Not Being Taught Crucial Skills They Need To Succeed In Life

May 20, 2024

Society is changing at a rapid pace.  Technological advancement has spearheaded significant changes in the way people live, socialise and work and this rate of change is expected to accelerate as AI and other technology continues to evolve.

According to Michael Black, founder and CEO of Success Tutoring, while teaching children to learn fundamental skills such as mathematics and comprehension is of critical importance, so is the need to equip them with many other skills in order to navigate their way through the world.

“Learning and development should not just be about the school curriculum, it should include key skills such as life skills.   There are a number of key life skills that we incorporate into our learning model and I strongly encourage parents to embrace these in order to help their children prepare for the world ahead, which is rapidly changing,” Black said.

“To be successful as adults, children need to develop a diverse set of skills that encompass cognitive, social, emotional and practical abilities. There are some key skills that children should learn to be successful as grown-ups.”

Black has outlined the skills that should be incorporated into learning activities such as tutoring.

Financial literacy

“Understanding basic financial concepts such as budgeting, saving, investing and managing money is essential for financial independence and stability as adults. Teaching children about the value of money, responsible spending habits and long-term financial planning prepares them to make informed decisions about their finances,” Black said.

“These skills are vital to assist young people to develop an understanding of the financial system, financial security and how to manage money and should be taught from a young age.  Scammers target people of all ages, not just adults.”

Communication skills

“Effective communication skills, including verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, writing, and public speaking, are essential for success in personal and professional relationships. Teaching children how to express themselves clearly, articulate their thoughts and communicate with empathy and respect helps them build strong interpersonal connections and navigate social interactions effectively,” Black said.

“The ability to build and manage healthy and robust relationships is the cornerstone of business and life.  Children need to learn these concepts from a young age.”

Critical thinking

“The ability to think critically, analyse information, evaluate evidence and make reasoned decisions is crucial for success in today’s complex world. Teaching children how to question assumptions, consider multiple perspectives and solve problems creatively fosters independent thinking and intellectual curiosity,” Black said.

“We showcase these principles as part of our tutoring services as we consider this skill to be a vital part of learning.”

Emotional intelligence

“Emotional intelligence encompasses self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy and social skills, which are essential for managing emotions, building relationships and navigating social situations effectively,” Black said.

“Teaching children how to recognise and regulate their emotions, understand others’ perspectives and communicate empathetically helps them develop healthy relationships and cope with life’s challenges,” Black said.


“Resilience refers to the ability to bounce back from adversity, overcome setbacks and adapt to change. Teaching children resilience involves fostering a growth mindset, building coping strategies and encouraging perseverance in the face of challenges,” Black added.

“Resilient individuals are better equipped to navigate obstacles, pursue goals and thrive in a dynamic and uncertain world.”


“Problem-solving skills enable individuals to identify, analyse and solve complex problems effectively. Teaching children how to think critically, break down problems into manageable steps and explore creative solutions empowers them to tackle challenges with confidence and resourcefulness,” Black emphasised.

Digital literacy

“In today’s digital age, proficiency with technology and digital tools is essential for success in education, work and daily life. Teaching children digital literacy skills, such as computer literacy, information literacy, online safety and responsible use of technology, helps them navigate the digital landscape responsibly and ethically,” Black said.

“It also helps to keep them alert and safe online, particularly given children spend so much time online gaming, socialising and learning.”


“Given the rapid pace of change and technological advancements, adaptability is a critical skill for success in the 21st century. Teaching children how to be flexible, open-minded and resilient in the face of uncertainty prepares them to navigate transitions, embrace new opportunities and thrive in a rapidly changing world,” Black said.


“The ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people is essential for success in today’s interconnected world. Teaching children teamwork, communication and conflict resolution skills helps them build positive relationships, leverage collective strengths and achieve common goals effectively,” Black said.

Lifelong learning

“Encouraging a love of learning and a growth mindset empowers children to become lifelong learners. Instilling a curiosity for exploration, a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to embrace new ideas and experiences prepares children to adapt, grow and succeed in an ever-changing world,” Black said.

“At Success Tutoring we fundamentally believe in helping children to develop a love of learning. This not only helps them to improve their skills it also helps them develop the ability to learn effectively which is also important.”

Black states that by cultivating these essential skills in children, parents, educators and communities can help prepare them for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter as adults and empower them to lead fulfilling and successful lives.

“In fact, our tutoring services are in such high demand that we require more franchisees to help us roll out more Success Tutoring centres across Australia.   Tutoring is a highly rewarding sector.   We help children and also watch them soar in an educational setting as well as thrive as more confident and capable people,” Black added.

About Success Tutoring

Founded by Michael Black in 2017, Success Tutoring is Australia’s fastest growing education centre with ten locations and a further 80 cites planned by 2026. The company offers weekly tutoring sessions in English and Maths for students aged five to 17, with a school readiness program for kids even younger, and selective school exam preparation tutoring also available. The Success Model not only empowers students to work at their own pace towards progress but also finds success in the social aspect of students coming together and working as a community of students to find motivation, inspiration and a lifelong love of learning.

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