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Let learners take control

Techniques such as metacognition and self-regulation are levers that speed up students’ learning, say Lee Elliot Major and Steve Higgins

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Some teachers were baffled by the technical sounding terms “metacognition” and “self-regulation” when we first presented the Teaching and Learning Toolkit seven years ago.

For those who may still be a little hazy on the exact details: metacognition simply means thinking about thinking or consciously directing your own thinking. And self-regulation concerns the way we manage our motivation and our feelings towards learning, persevering towards long-term goals and overcoming immediate distractions.

When properly embedded, these “learning to learn” approaches are powerful levers in the learning ...

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