Using metacognition during exams – a guide for teachers and students

3. Be sure of your metacognition cycle

By the exam date, you should be sure of the metacognition cycle (click here to see a full metacognition cycle), in helping develop an internal dialogue to guide you through each question. Use the example shared here, or develop your own questions that you can ask yourself when faced with a challenging exam question.

During an exam, there are three main elements of the metacognition cycle that are most important. The other two elements are concerned with reviewing, and exploring the next steps, which are not relevant during an examination. Therefore, consider the following process…

Use the questions above as a guide. You and your students may develop some questions that are more specific to their age or the subject being examined for. Don’t overload with too many questions, as this can delay progress within a time-critical situation.

If you would like support in developing metacognition in your school/s, please click here to see our Metacognition Teaching Strategy, which is applicable for primary, secondary, Further Education, or Higher Education institutions, a 4-step online CPD programme offering over 70 classroom activities and resource.

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Colin Hill - Founder, researcher and editor of ukedchat. Also a bit of a tech geek! Project management, design thinking, and metacognition.

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