Thinking About Thinking

Metacognition, or thinking about thinking, is something that I do not do very often because it tends to give me a headache. I have my own methods of studying and reviewing material, but seldom do I actually sit down and think about how I’m learning what I’m learning. I think this way because if I’m learning the material, then why should it matter how I’m learning it? Well, after reading the first article of this lesson, I have at least one reason why I need to start examining the methods in which I receive information. I can use this to my advantage in the future because there may be a subject that I can learn in several ways and if I know which method works best for me, then I’ll be able to retain the information faster and with more ease. In high school, I never really studied because I paid attention in class and understood the information. I did, however, like the idea of a schedule because it helped me to be more organized. I already have a private journal in which I document the events of my life for future reflection and personal enjoyment, but perhaps I should start journaling the material I learn and the methods in which I learn it with a reflective journal for class. I think I would like to monitor what I understand and don’t because that way I can see where I need to improve and I won’t have to question so many things. After reading the second article, I’m extremely interested in documenting the way I learn because I want my strategic thinking skills to improve in order for me to actually achieve rather than just wasting potential. It’s not hard to believe and agree with the Stanford experiments. The fact that the students who scored better were more involved in the learning process is not shocking at all. I believe that if I had a say in how I learned the material along with a reminder, I would score better as well. I completely understand that I am basically on my own in college. While I have the support from my family in my home town and I’ve befriended classmates and made friends, it’s up to me to better myself and be a good student. I’ve known this fact since my childhood because my parents taught me that no one can force me to do well in school. This pushed me throughout school and brought me to where I am today. I also feel a sense of accomplishment when I do things without help. I understand that everyone needs help sometimes, but when it comes to academics, there is no one but myself to help me. I was not familiar with the concept in the fourth article, but I find it hilarious. I am able to admit that I do not excel at everything. There are many subjects that I am ignorant to. I honestly did not understand the rolling ball question enough to even try to get it right. I understand why people would be upset about answering incorrectly though. People want to be right. They don’t want their beliefs challenged or shattered because it embarrasses them and makes them question everything. I think that people think this disillusioned way and let our brains deceive us because it makes reality easier to grasp. It’s comforting to know that my brain knows my limits, but it also sparks my curiosity because I don’t want to be restricted from the truth. In college, I will be exposed to so much diversity of thought and practices and I need to be open to that change.