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Metacognition Essay

1325 words - 6 pages

The Concept of Metacognition

Earlier in the Spring semester, our psychology class did a lab over the concept of Metacognition, otherwise known as "thinking about thinking". During this lab assignment, we watched a couple of videos on YouTube and took a short learning styles assessment on Educationplanner.org. Through this, I quickly understood the concepts associated with metacognition as it pertains to psychology. In this essay, I will discuss metacognition in depth, as well my previous scores from earlier in the year, my newest scores as of July 2014 and how I apply metacognitive techniques in my own life.

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In classes where all a professor does is talk the students' heads off, I usually don't pick up on the concepts as quickly, simply because I tend to daydream and my interest is lost without visual aids. Lectures, quite frankly, bore me and I would rather learn through powerpoints and use different sources of media as examples to explain subjects discussed in class. In my opinion, visual aids would work best in math classes. I've had algebra/pre-calculus classes where visual aids weren't being used. That, combined with me already struggling mightily with advanced math was a recipe for disaster. Though I have to say, I was surprised because as an aspiring music producer, I have learned that making music involves learning how to create sound through trial and error purely by ear. For that reason alone, I thought my auditory score would’ve been a bit higher and it was when I took the test the second time.

Referring back to my lecture notes, I see that there are two things from Chapter 7 that I usually do when I learn: maintenance and elaborative rehearsal. Maintenance rehearsal, whether it be a telephone number or a vocabulary term also aids in helping me remember things easier. Once I memorize something, I can then use elaborative rehearsal to understand exactly what I have memorized. Metacognition can also increase your overall rate of positive thinking, which I found to be interesting. According to a story on Scientificamerican.com, negative metacognitive thoughts and over-analysis can aid in the development of different psychological and personality disorders and are detrimental to one's mental health. For example, saying to yourself "procrastination does absolutely nothing for me, I need to do my homework on time from now on", is much more beneficial than saying "let me just put this off for a few hours, I'll do it later".

Metacognition and the material I learned are easily applicable to my life. I can personally relate to all aspects of metacognition as they are things I do subconsciously everyday. Already knowing that I was a visual learner, I believed that taking the learning styles assessment shed some light onto what could be done to help aid my learning experience. Sitting in front of classrooms, using flashcards to learn new words and my personal favorite, visualizing things in my mind are all techniques I could do to take advantage of visually learning.

With being a full-time college student and having other things to take care of outside of school, studying can kind of get overlooked but it is an essential tool needed to memorize and understand new information. Although this is the case, there are many things I can do to help combat that problem. Last semester, I took fifteen credit hours and this past summer semester, I took one class worth 5 credit hours, all while working...

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