Metacognition” is a weird word.
It refers to thinking about your thinking.
Metacognitive strategies are the mental processes we use to think about and influence our own thinking. Which includes the ways we learn. Thinking about how we learn can help us learn better.
With metacognition we become conscious of how we typically learn and think about things.
Being conscious of these processes helps us track what’s happening whenever we are trying to learn something new.
Understanding Your Learning Style
To become conscious of your learning, start by recognizing your preferences. Ask yourself: “Do I learn best by listening, watching videos, doing things, or reading?” This initial step lays the groundwork for understanding how you absorb information.
Consider other aspects of your learning, such as attention span and common distractions. This awareness helps you:
- Identify effective memorization techniques,
- Determine optimal writing strategies,
- Recognize and avoid distractions.
Applying Self-Knowledge for Growth
Once you understand your learning style, use this knowledge to enhance your learning journey. Speed up memorization, minimize distractions, and extend your attention span.
Your understanding of metacognition isn’t just for personal gain. Use it to guide others, especially students.
- Share metacognitive strategies,
- lead reflective activities
- help students overcome barriers to learning
Research indicates that these techniques foster essential skills like
- goal setting,
- impulse control,
- flexible thinking
Embracing the belief that one can change how they think translates into greater control over their academic, professional, and personal journey.
Do you have certain memorization techniques that you remember using when you were in school?
How did you think through what you wanted to write when given a longer assignment?
After learning more about metacognitive strategies you might have more ideas around your own study habits!