Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Invisible Skills

Over the last few days, I've been helping one of the students in my lab edit his thesis (grammar, not content). It's been a collective effort of the group, with several of us working on different chapters. Through this process, I've discovered that I am apparently much faster at it than my native English speaking peers.

I know roughly when I picked up this skill. In high school, I was a grader for freshman English for 2 years, and I graded chemistry lab reports for 2 years as well (there was some overlap in there...). I had just never before realized that I was particularly good at it.

What skills do you have that you didn't realize you were acquiring until much later?

1 comment:

  1. I've found out I can pick up computer programs fairly easily. I started TAing Pro/Engineer but used SolidWorks for my own research.

    The same goes for Inkscape. A colleague suggested it because we needed a common graphics interface and he had used it before. However, after about two weeks, I've caught (and maybe surpassed) him.

    Writing is a difficult skill. I've found people take it for granted but you really have to work on it to be better.