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Metacognition: Learning Through Engagement

Metacognition

Metacognition

DID YOU KNOW THAT METACOGNITION...

  • Is a skill HIGHLY VALUED by employers?
  • Helps you to become a better PROBLEM SOLVER?
  • Helps you to understand HOW you learn?
  • Helps you learn more EFFICIENTLY?

SO WHAT IS METACOGNITION?

It's often defined as "thinking about thinking," but you may think that's lame. How about this: Metacognition involves reflecting on the processes involved in learning. Once you've figured out how you learned, then you can apply the process to other learning tasks.

For example, in any class, whether you've been assigned an experiment, a paper, or other type of work, you can break the task into separate parts:

  • You plan, plot, or outline the topic.
  • You check your strategies if you become lost or confused.
  • You reflect on what worked and what didn't.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Improved critical thinking will help you transfer your skills to the workplace, graduate school, and beyond.

Not only will you become a more efficient thinker, you'll also be able to:

  • Critically evaluate situations
  • Diagnose problems
  • Develop solutions
  • Develop new strategies, processes, and procedures.

What's Your Learning Style?

We all have our own learning styles. What's yours? The folks at educationplanner.org have devised a self-assessment quiz to help you find out. Click the purple and gold text above to take the quiz.

Our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is all about improving your critical thinking skills so that you can transfer your skills to any problem or issue in the real world.

What is a Quality Enhancement Plan?

Our QEP is part of our SACSCOC reaccreditation. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges checks that we are providing opportunities for continuous improvement. This year the Faculty has chosen to enhance your skills in metacognition.