Browse by Basic Skills

Basic skills are developed capacities that facilitate learning or the more rapid acquisition of knowledge. Open and explore the folders below to see the different categories and levels of information. Ratings on occupations are available at the most detailed level.

  • Background structures needed to work with and acquire more specific skills in a variety of different domains.
    • Active Listening
      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
    • Mathematics
      Using mathematics to solve problems.
    • Reading Comprehension
      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
    • Science
      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.
    • Writing
      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Procedures that contribute to the more rapid acquisition of knowledge and skill across a variety of domains.
    • Active Learning
      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
    • Learning Strategies
      Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
    • Monitoring
      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.