8 Ways to Develop Metacognitive skills

Know You Don’t Know it All 

Knowing the gaps in your knowledge is key. 

Sometimes it’s hard for us to accept or acknowledge that we don’t know a certain thing or haven’t completely mastered a certain skill or a topic. When you don’t acknowledge that, you don’t give yourself the opportunity to improve. It’s important to know the gaps in your learning so you know where to focus on and which areas you need to work on!

Set yourself Great Goals 

Goals should be both challenging and realistic 

Sometimes our goals are too easy, we aren’t motivated to do them at all because it seems too easy of a task, And sometimes, they’re too hard and we don’t even start because of the fear of failure. You want to make sure your goals are right for your aim and that they encourage you to work hard everyday. 

Monitor Your Performance 

Don’t wait until the end to see how you are doing 

Keep a check on yourself through tests, or asking someone to quiz you or just explaining the topic to someone else. Chances are you’ll realise there are parts you need to work on. The sooner you realise this, the more time you have to work on them before the big day of the test or for when you’re using that skill in real life. Have frequent pit stops and see where you’re at! 

Prepare Properly 

5 minutes spent preparing is an hour saved later on 

We are all tempted to fool around in class and during our studying periods, but to make your life easier, if you pay attention in class and sit for a set period of time, your life will become much easier. You won’t have to put in extra effort to learn something yourself, something you could have just paid attention in class for and understood. Make sure you’re using your time wisely. 

Seek Out Feedback 

This improves your knowledge base, helping you make better choices 

Ask your friends, family and teachers to help you understand where you might be going wrong and how you can fix it. They might have more experience or your friends might have the same problem and they found a solution for it. Keep asking questions, keep asking about where and how you can improve! 

React Better to the Feedback You Get 

Feedback that is sought but not actioned is a wasted opportunity 

Don’t take feedback that you get to heart and mule over it late at night. Use that feedback and make yourself better. Every critique is your best friend, don’t forget!

Keep a Diary 

This will improve self-awareness 

This will help you reflect on your thoughts and emotions. You will sometimes realise things that you hadn’t consciously acknowledged while writing in a journal or in a diary. This also helps you know yourself better. A great habit that all experts encourage! 

Ask Yourself Good Questions 

‘Is this similar to previous tasks?’, ‘what should I do first?’ and ‘what would I do differently next time?’ 

Always keep a conversation with yourself about you and your work. Nobody knows you better than you. Ask yourself the right ones and you can be your best critique! Keep striving for progress and growth! 

Hope these tricks will help you build a better approach for your tasks! 

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