This gives students a chance to develop their social skills, meet new friends and become more confident communicating in groups. Extended curricular activities can also aid in the development of self-esteem and confidence. In addition to building skills within a specific discipline, extracurricular activities are great for developing general academic and soft skills. Think debating for public speaking, academic competitions for exam strategies and sport for teamwork. Balancing a number of commitments can help to improve your child’s time management skills, while finding an area they enjoy or excel at. It is gratifying when we succeed in something we enjoy, especially after working hard to achieve it.