Soft Skills

Unlocking the Power of Learning

In the age of information overload, learning something new can be both exhilarating and daunting. Whether it’s a unique art form, a musical instrument, or soft skills, the process of acquiring new knowledge is a journey worth embarking on. At Morphoses, we understand that this journey is not just about the skill itself, but also about the underlying soft skills that make learning effective and enjoyable.

The Role of Soft Skills in Learning

Soft skills play a pivotal role in the learning process. They are the subtle yet powerful tools that help us navigate the complexities of acquiring new knowledge. For instance:

  1. Self-Management and Time Management: Mike, a 13-year-old, decides to learn cooking. He starts with a simple goal: to master making spaghetti. Instead of tackling an elaborate dish, he focuses on perfecting boiling pasta and preparing a basic tomato sauce. Mike dedicates one hour every Sunday to cooking. This manageable time slot fits into his weekend routine, allowing him to balance his new interest with schoolwork and other activities. Through this process, Mike not only learns to cook but also develops key soft skills. He learns the importance of setting achievable goals and managing his time effectively, skills that will serve him well in all areas of life.
  2. Resilience and Patience: When Mike first tries making homemade pasta, the dough is either too sticky or too dry. Instead of getting frustrated, he shows resilience by experimenting with different flour-to-water ratios. Each attempt teaches him more about the texture and feel of the pasta dough. This process instills in Mike the virtues of patience and resilience. He learns that mastering a skill like pasta-making doesn’t happen instantly and that persistence is key. His eventual success in making a perfect batch of pasta reinforces the importance of these soft skills.
  3. Curiosity and Inquisitive Thinking: Mike’s curiosity about pasta making grows as he experiments with different shapes and recipes. He starts questioning how each shape affects the pasta’s texture and flavor, leading him to research and try out various styles, from fettuccine to tortellini. This inquisitive approach turns his cooking into an exciting exploration. Mike’s parents notice and encourage his enthusiasm, helping him find new recipes and understand the science behind his culinary experiments. This curiosity not only enhances Mike’s cooking skills but also makes his learning journey enjoyable and full of discoveries.

The science behind the power of learning

Research across various fields consistently underscores the importance of soft skills in our everyday lives (MacCann et al., 2020). These skills are fundamental in shaping how we interact with others and navigate complex situations. Studies in psychology and organizational behavior (Panayiotou, Humphrey, & Wigelsworth, 2019) have shown that individuals with strong soft skills tend to have better relationships, both professionally and personally. They are often more successful in their careers, as these skills facilitate effective teamwork, leadership, and adaptability in rapidly changing environments. In education, research has highlighted the role of soft skills in students’ academic success and overall well-being. These skills enable learners to engage more deeply with their studies, collaborate effectively with peers, and manage the challenges of academic life. Importantly, soft skills are not static; they can be developed and honed over time, making them accessible and valuable to everyone in their daily lives.

Morphoses and Soft Skills

At Morphoses, we’re not just about learning; we’re about learning smartly and joyfully. Our platform offers a myriad of activities and classes tailored to nurture soft skills while learning something new. We invite you to join our community, where learning is an adventure filled with growth, discovery, and fun. Embark on this journey with Morphoses and watch your child thrive not just in their new skill but in life itself. Let’s unlock the power of learning together!


References

MacCann, C., Jiang, Y., Brown, L. E., Double, K. S., Bucich, M., & Minbashian, A. (2020). Emotional intelligence predicts academic performance: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 146(2), 150–186. doi:10.1037/bul0000219. Retrieved from https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fbul0000219

Panayiotou, M., Humphrey, N., & Wigelsworth, M. (2019). An empirical basis for linking social and emotional learning to academic performance. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 56, 193–204. doi:10.1016/j.cedpsych.2019.01.009 Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0361476X18303382?via%3Dihub

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