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Metacognition assignment used in undergrad class

Posted By: Laura Pinto on December 19, 2003
I tried this assignment with an undergraduate course this fall. Unfortunately, the students did not demonstrate much insight in their responses. Feel free to try it out - perhaps you will have better luck.

The purpose of this assignment is to have you critically reflect on your performance on your mid-term test. It is an exercise in “metacognition” – thinking about thinking.

Understanding how to prepare for tests and how to take tests is a learned skill. Preparing for tests may include study habits, behaviours (e.g., resting before a test, etc.) and study techniques. Because we all learn differently, each student has to determine study habits and techniques that are right for her. There is no “universal” rule. There are, however, some guidelines you can follow that we have talked about in class (such as making sure that you have all the course materials). Careful preparation and studying is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for success on tests. Students must also learn how to take tests. Many students get “nervous” in a test environment, and are unable to articulate their knowledge in that environment. Some students have difficulty budgeting time during a test. These and other test-taking skills need to be learned.

Objectives of assignment
This assignment will allow you to:
· Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses in test-taking
· Apply your reflections towards improvement on future tests in this and other courses

You are to submit a one-page (maximum) typewritten reflection about your experience preparing for and writing the test in light of your performance. You may submit your assignment single- or double-spaced, but the typeface must be at least 11 points in size.

Your assignment should include the following:
· How did you think you performed on the test before you got your results? Were you accurate in your prediction? Why or why not?
· Were there particular parts of the test (e.g., types of questions, content themes or topics) on which you did better than others? Explain.
· What did you do well in terms of preparing for the test (e.g., studying, thinking about the test, etc.)?
· How could you improve test preparation for future tests?
· What did you do well in terms of writing the test?
· How could you improve your test-writing skills in the future?
Please be as specific as possible and use examples where warranted.
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