Module 1: What is metacognition?

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Module Introduction

What is metacognition? This is the main question we are going to investigate and answer in this module. Furthermore, we will begin the process of developing metacognitive skills and an awareness of personality traits that can influence how we learn and interact with others.

Tasks for this module:
* Introduce yourself to metacognition and learning strategies 
** Watch this video for an overview of metacognition and elements of successful learning
** Read this short article for an overview of metacogniton and learning
* Take the Jung Typology Test (also known as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), read at least one of the Type Description links on the results page.
* Print and complete File:MSSCSJournal1.pdf

Activity 1: Introduction to Metacognition

Watch the video and read the article. Can you put into your own words what metacognition is and why it is important to success in college and your career?

Activity 2: What's your type?

No, we're not talking about if you prefer redheads or if tall dark and handsome strikes your fancy... The "type" we are talking about here is your personality type. There are many many many different kinds of personality type indicators out there, but the Myers-Briggs model is one of the most well known and is used by academic institutions and businesses alike so that students, teachers, employees and managers can learn more about one another and discover how they can work together more effectively.

What is the link between metacognition and your personality type? Well, as there are many different personality types, there are also many different types of intelligences and learning styles, and knowing yourself will help you to become a more effective and efficent learner.

Take the Jung Typology Test, it should only take you a few minutes. You will get the best, most accurate results if you are as honest as possible when you answer the questions. Think about how you ARE and not how you WANT to be. After you have completed the questionnarie, you will receive your type (ex. INTJ) and will have a few links to read about what that type means. Even if you have taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator before, take it again, it's interesting to see and note if your results are the same or different.

Things to reflect on once you have read your results: How well do you think that these results describe how you see yourself? Do you think they describe how others see you? How will your knowledge of your type effect how you approach tasks and problems?

Activity 3: Journal Entry

By this time you should be starting to form some ideas about metacogntion, may have been thinking about your own learning process. You've also got a new way of describing your personality and how you interact with the world.

Complete File:MSSCSJournal1.pdf and go over it with your advisor in preparation for moving on to Module 2.

Go to Module 2: Learning styles and how to learn

Go back to Metacognitive Study Strategies for College Students