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2 Fundamental Ways to Improve Your Metacognition Skills

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2 Fundamental Ways to Improve Your Metacognition Skills
When you can’t answer why you think a certain way or why you choose to arrive at certain conclusions, your capacity for independent thought suffers. Metacognition is an awareness and understanding of…

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Metacognition

Metacognition

It is the awareness and understanding of your own thought processes. Metacognition refers to the processes used in self-regulation, self-monitoring, and self-reflection. People who practice metacognition can think more critically, rationally, and productively.

Without this ability to distance ourselves from our experience, we would have little ability to moderate and direct our behaviors as they happen.

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Seek to overcome meta-ignorance

Most people lack insight about the weaknesses in their intellectual or emotional skills. They overestimate their abilities, which leads to over-confidence.

  • There are always things we know we know, and things we know we don't know - those provide the clues that can help you develop metacognition skills.
  • Check your assumptions. Intellectual humility can greatly improve your metacognition skill.

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Psychologically smart questions improve metacognition skills

When you ask yourself better questions, you are forced to think deeply about your tasks and problems and the best way forward.

  • Before a task: Is this similar to a previous task? What do I want to accomplish? What should I do first?
  • During the task: Am I on the right track? What can I improve? Who can I ask for help?
  • After a task: What worked well? What could I have done better? Can I use this for other situations?

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Understanding our thinking processes

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  • People only approach you with questions or feedback when they absolutely need to do so.
  • If you walk away from a conversation or meeting and can’t remember what the other person said or...

Do a Self-Assessment

  • Take an honest look at how you communicate. Are you thorough, clear, and factual in how you convey yourself? How consistent are you in how you communicate?
  • Look at how clear you make your expectations—and how open you are to understanding what others expect of you.
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