Essential Computer Skills for College Students: There are various computer skills such as document writing and editing skills, presentation skills, communication skills, financial management skills, social media skill, English and Hindi typing skills, basic photo editing skills and interest research skills etc., that help students to unlock their creativity, increase technical thinking and enables them to explore the college subjects around the world.
It’s well known that there is no field in which computers and internet do not operate the process. In the future, students can do business or they can do jobs or whatever, but they can’t escape using a computer and internet to get things done. They will find computer and internet applications in their office even on the first day. So just as studying before exams are important, learning these skills for jobs is also just as important. Dig the well in time, don’t wait for the fire to start.
Basic computer knowledge among school and college students today is as important as other subjects such as English, Hindi, math, and economics. As we see that computer and Internet have become indispensable in our daily life, almost everything is becoming high-tech and integrated with information technology. So this basic computer knowledge for students and adults is very important to survive in career or to become successful. Basic computer literacy is considered an essential skill to have if you want any job today.
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Will, Skills, and IT tools play a great role in a student’s personal and career development. Today, I will be talking only about skills that are essential and important to learn for students.
But now what are those computer skills that help college students in their studies and career and why learning the following computer skills is extremely important for them. So in this article, I am trying to explore the top skills that are essential for every college students to learn.
1. Computer Typing Skills in English and Hindi
Computer typing skills in English with a minimum speed of 40+ wpm (words per minute) and 25+ wpm in Hindi are considered must-have, It helps them to type faster in home pc and on laptop. Students need to present various assignments on subjects in college and all these assignments are created using computer and internet. If students know how to type in English and Hindi faster and accurately they will save their time and money.
Else if they don’t know how to type in English or Hindi, they have to pay someone in a cyber cafe who types it for them. If it’s regular work then yearly it will cost upwards of a 1000 rupees.
Typing skills for college students not only help them to type college assignment faster and save money but it will also help them to get a government job later in life.
Once or twice every year, the, state government, central government, SSC and Private companies notify people about the vacancies for secretarial works, clerical job openings and data entry operator positions. Most of these jobs are on the basis on 10+2, Graduate level in which 40+ WPM English and 25+ WPM in Hindi typing is essential for candidates to qualify. So learning and practicing computer typing in hindi and english is a must have computer skill for students.
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2. Document Writing and Editing Skills
Document writing and editing is another vital skill for students. Students can learn and practice document writing and be editing in Microsoft Word and Google Docs. Both are very effective for creating assignments, project details, writing notes and for doing any editing works. Almost 90% of private and government offices use Microsoft Office applications for their official works.
Students can also use Office 365 and Google Docs online. The online use of Microsoft Word and Google Docs helps them to edit and create documents even on their mobiles. This happens in real time and more than two people can work on a single document simultaneously.
Following links can help to understand the various uses and Importance of learning Microsoft Word.
3. Mathematical calculation and personal financial management skills
When we talk about mathematical calculation, personal and professional finance or money management then the leading software in this area is Microsoft Excel. There are various uses of Microsoft Excel in our life.
Learning microsoft excel will help students to regulate various college life expenses on a day to day basis such as paying fees, travel expenses, party expenses etc. Excel also helps them to visualize calculation in charts and reports so that they can analyze where they are spending their money.
But excel is not only helpful in personal use for students. It’s has hundreds of other benefits such as conducting calculation related to subjects such as economics etc.
Following are the articles in which you can learn in detail, how Microsoft Excel is essential for students and what are the uses of Microsoft Excel in our daily life.
4. Presentation Skills
The presentation is a behavioural skills that is displayed during project presentation in the class. To create presentation students can use and learn about Microsoft PowerPoint or Google slide. Microsoft PowerPoint is having more options than Google slides for presentation.
The effectiveness and quality of the presentation matters the most when it’s about impression, impact and influence. Technically behaviors in this sense means the color of slides background, selection of images, process of animation, typeface, and orientation of subjects and objects in the presentation. So as our behaviors matter on the job, business and society, similarly, it’s important for the presentation.
Learning presentation skills in computer is very easy using microsoft powerpoint and pre-designed templates.
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5. Photo Editing, Graphic Designing, and Artistic skills
Photo editing and artistic skills are not considered important computer skills for students, even if the student has exceptional artistic skill. But the real truth that many people don’t know, is that everything that we do in our life, everything that we see around us is a combination of art and science.
So I believe that it’s very important for college students to identify their early childhood talent and explore them by using photo editing, graphics designing and animation software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator etc. in their free time.
It’s highly possible that it can open up a whole new door to the creative side of their talent.
There are various powerful uses of photoshop in our life and it can be very helpful to build a career and is capable of providing part-time employment opportunities for students.
If you don’t have these applications, you can also use free online photo editing software and tools that spark your creativity. Also, as an added advantage, if you learn these skills, you can edit your selfies like no one else has done before, besides creating and editing designs for college projects and presentations.
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6. Basic computer hardware and maintenance skills
Fixing a computer and mobile problems is part of our life. It’s very important that students know about the basic computer hardware and troubleshooting methods.
Students should know how to buy and download software. Students should know how to install new software and remove old software that is not in use. Students should know how to keep their pc clean and safe from virus. Students should know how to add certain equipment to the computer and laptop. Like installing RAM, Hard Disk, basic input output peripherals etc.
If they know these basic computer and mobile repairing skills they can save thousands of rupees of their parents. The same money can be used for their books and other online and offline courses.
So it’s important for students to learn a few basic computer hardware skills so that they don’t need to visit computer technicians for smaller problems. Thanks to affordable internet data and good streaming speeds, they can learn such skills on youtube as well.
7. Internet Research and online learning skills
Research skills is the most important skill in the list. It’s my favorite. I love to research. Research for me means to know more, it means to explore the hidden truth. Such as what to do? Why to do it? What can be its impact if I do it or don’t?
Research not only means to collect data for assignment. It’s also mean to find the truth. It also means careful analysis and making decisions based on the analysis. What can be the right solution?
In practical form: Research starts when there is a certain problem and we need the solution. Research start when we want to innovate. Research starts when trying to find online accredited colleges, research starts when we compare best online courses etc., Research also starts when you take action on certain projects or plans.
And when looking at the results of a query, we can visualize and analyze the data and information.
For example, it’s already proven that there is no substitute for hard work. This is a fact based on research. But if you want to test, then start working on some real hard learning for the subject you’re not good at for few weeks. And after few weeks, you will see that you’re getting great results. They are not so hard anymore because you cut the hardness with your hard work.
Research is not something that only the scientist, doctors and scholars can do. Research can be done by anyone on anything. The process as simple as above. But yes, there are few skills that make research report better and it’s very important when research report can influence million people.
So even learning basic research skills online using computer and internet will be very helpful for students during their college degree and after degree. Online learning also mean students can take online courses. Students can join accredited degree programs etc. also part of research and learning. If students understand and use the power of internet and research, then half of the world’s problems will be solved.
8. Data management, privacy and security skills
Data management is the extra hard work and burden that is put by information technology on students. Such as Deleting WhatsApp messages, desktop files, pen drives data, mobile photos and academic documents management etc, it is a lot of work indeed.
Now, these things take time and management, deleting, transferring and uploading uses many parts of student’s brain. If they learn basic management of data it can be very helpful and make students stress free and there is no fear of losing important data in the dust.
For example, students can use free cloud storage space provided by Google, Microsoft and many others. If the size of data is more than 15 GB such as videos and audios then using paid cloud storage plan is also helpful.
Today, students use mobile and computer and it’s obvious that it contains and creates lots of data. So it’s also important for students to learn the basics of privacy and security of their data. So that it cannot be used by suspicious people.
In following article you can learn more about cloud storage and Safety & Security.
9. Social Media Skills
Social media websites and apps are most attractive due to a wide variety of content. A Student’s life is the most exciting time because there are not that much financial, family and other burdens on them. They only have to study nothing else. I don’t mean they don’t do other works. So in the time when they are free, they use social media and soon they become addicted to it. So it’s important that students should learn about the skills and methods to use social media wisely.
In the following articles, you can learn more about the skills and uses of social media.
10. Digital Communication Skills
Digital communication is on the rise. Everyone is using WhatsApp, emails and chat apps much more than actual verbal communication. Profile picture and selfies are also part of this communication. So it’s important for students what to communicate when to communicate and how to communicate by using these digital communication tools.
As you must be knowing that the latest innovations in Information Technology is about presentation and interaction. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and robots are now the communicator with humans on the internet and computer. It’s not much but following precautions and etiquette will be helpful.
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So, friends, these are the computer skills I think will be essential for students to learn and practice each day for an hour.
- You can learn these skills online on youtube or by joining online courses.
- You can learn these skills offline after college in your city.
- You can learn or hire teachers online and offline to teach you.
- You can also learn these skills in your college if there is enough IT infrastructure and qualified teachers. I certainly hope there are.
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Vijay Kumar is an Entrepreneur and the founder of www.klientsolutech.com blog website that is aimed to help students, entrepreneurs in career and business development.
Currently Digital Marketing Freelancer at Upwork and so far have completed 100+ digital marketing projects successfully for online and offline clients.
In past worked in many institutes and educated more than 1500 + Students basic practical IT skills offline. Working in the IT field since 2007.
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