Metacognitive Skills

Do you know how to learn? Many people don’t. Specifically, they don’t know how to look inward to examine how they learn and to judge which methods are effective. That’s where metacognitive strategies come in. They are techniques that help people become more successful learners. Shouldn’t this be a crucial goal of instructional design?

Improved metacognition can facilitate both formal and informal learning. It can improve the performance of new tasks on the job and help teams problem solve more effectively. Here are few ways in which you can develop your metacognitive skills

  • Understand that you don’t know it ALL – Knowing the gaps in your knowledge is key.
  • Set Yourself Goals – Goals should be both challenging and realistic.
  • Prepare Properly – 5 minutes spent preparing is an hour saved later on.
  • React Better to the Feedback you Get – Feedback that is sought but not actioned is a wasted opportunity.
  • Monitor Your Performance – Don’t wait until the end to see how you are doing.
  • Seek Out Feedback – This improves your knowledge base, helping you make better choices.
  • Keep a Diary – This will improve self-awareness.
  • Ask Yourself Good Questions – Is this similar to previous tasks? What should I do first? and What would I do differently next time?

In summary, metacognition is a set of skills that enable learners to become aware of how they learn and to evaluate and adapt these skills to become increasingly effective at learning. In a world that demands lifelong learning, providing people with new and improved metacognitive strategies is a gift that can last forever.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. zalstin says:

    Metacognition is an awesome topic!

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    1. It is. Metacognition is an essential skill in critical thinking and self-regulated, lifelong learning. It is important for learners to have skills in metacognition because they are used to monitor and regulate reasoning, comprehension, and problem-solving, which are fundamental components.

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      1. zalstin says:

        It’s also helpful to become conscious of what we are actually doing in any given learning activity. It gives us patience and understanding of the learning process and besides that, it’s fun to become aware of all the nuances of our own learning 😄

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      2. Oh very nicely put.

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  2. blackbird212012 says:

    I didn’t know there was a name for it very helpful for evening class and thanks for the list of things to do.

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  3. Meta cognition is an important skill to learn but it’s not generally given any attention. Most people don’t even know it exists.

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    1. Exactly. All our behaviours of because of metacognition.

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