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Thinking About Thinking; How Metacognition Helps Students Achieve Their Goals

Thinking About Thinking; How Metacognition Helps Students Achieve Their Goals

Metacognition comes from Greek (meta = beyond) and Latin (cognoscere = getting to know). It is a well-known skill in education, and teachers work hard to help children develop an awareness of their metacognition when it comes to developing their skills and understanding.

Interestingly, research has proven that not only does the use of metacognition not only helps results but that it is also one of the most cost-effective methods for helping students improve on their own performance. Find out how your child can use metacognition in their studies today!

What Is Metacognition?

Metacognition is your ability to understand how you think and how to choose strategies that will make you more effective. This is an essential part of any classroom, and students that have strong metacognition skills are far more likely to achieve better results.

Metacognition is much more than just thinking about thinking and provides you with the skills you need to undertake critical analysis of your thinking methods as well as developing your self-awareness to help improve your ability to learn.

What Evidence Is There To Support Metacognition?

Metacognition is not just a fad, and there is extensive research to prove the value of developing a child’s metacognition skills including the EEF’s work that claims that excellent use of metacognition can increase learning by up to seven months!

Interestingly, metacognition research has also found that when students take the time to consider which resources they should use, their metacognition ability improves along with their grades and self-reflection skills. It is clear that thinking about thinking needs to be encouraged by parents and educators if we want the best for the future generation.

How Can You Apply Metacognition To Studying?

The current view of metacognition is that to be used to its optimum, it must take place at three key points in learning:

  • Before the task starts – this takes the form of considering aims and expected outcomes, deciding on strategies to use and considering expected timeframes.
  • During the task – by providing time to self-monitor progress against the goals set before the task began.
  • After the task has ended – giving students time to reflect on the work they have done and what they have achieved as well as considering what they did well and what they need to improve on next time.

How Phi Tuition Can Help With Your Childs Metacognition

All Phi Tuition sessions aim to help students develop their ability to be independent learners who reach their potential and take responsibility for their own learning. We follow a clear plan that provides all our tutees with the opportunity to think about their thinking before, during and after each session. We are confident that our learners understand what they need to do and why; helping them to become more confident in their own academic ability.

If your child needs support with developing their academic abilities, then let Phi Tuition help; we have a range of courses across many different subject and pride ourselves on developing young minds. Get in touch with us today to arrange an initial consultation or discussion about your child and what they need.

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