Metacognition

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  • The self-awareness one's own cognitive processes (knowledge and skills) for attending, encoding, and retrieving information out of memory. This means that an individual is aware of his or her own learning and cognitive processes in addition to the actual learning task at hand. It is often termed thinking about thinking. Additionally, this self-awareness and knowledge is used by the individual in relation to self-regulation in terms of setting learning goals and forming a learning plan, identifying and using effective strategies, and monitoring his or her own present knowledge state throughout the learning process.

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