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2 Fundamental Ways to Improve Your Metacognition Skills

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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2 Fundamental Ways to Improve Your Metacognition Skills

2 Fundamental Ways to Improve Your Metacognition Skills

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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.

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.

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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