"Effective study skills are the sole foundation of a sound education".
There are many factors that contribute to a sound and solid education. Education is too much of a complex process for anyone to simplify it and tie it to one or two causes. We may begin by looking at some of the possible influences that may play an important role here. The psychological, biological, and social-cultural elements are definitely in charge of producing a diverse range of effects. We will find that inner motivation, amazement for the world around them and desire to learn will definitely ignite and foster a thirst for learning that could lead towards building a sound education. Having supportive and encouraging individuals to guide them through the learning process will also be of help. However, there have been cases where individuals find themselves surrounded by despair or hopelessness and this seems to have fuelled their desire to overcome the obstacles and reach higher goals.
A second important role is played by environment and here we may include a nature versus nurture perspective. Genetics appears to have a lot to do with intelligence and natural abilities that individuals have developed or are in the process of developing. If we look at this possibility we may find that if all the elements are in place and the individual has a good biological predisposition then the possibilities are that they may become successful educated people. Although, on the other hand not having certain mental or physical attributes may make it more difficult for a prosperous education to develop.
The last factor to consider is the social-cultural one....