Using metacognitive skills help students manage test taking. By using the 4 processes, students come to testing with additional ways to better handle/access their own thinking.
|Plan and Organize
skim and preview tasks
breakdown the parts
decide how to proceed
check your progress
ask for help when truly ‘stuck’
assess our strategies
|Direct Our Own Learning
know what we know
know what we need to move
Other factors figure in with testing:
First, encourage students to quiz themselves rather than reread highlighted text. Sometimes there are sample questions or problems in the back of a text book which may provide extra practice. Working with a partner (Think-Pair-Share-Compare) helps. What visuals/graphs/charts/models helps your understanding?
Second, know what the test is to cover and look back to see where you stumbled during learning the information. Try to unravel what steps or processes you need to understand more clearly. Use as many strategies as you have available BEFORE you ask for help.
After the test, look back to see where you made your mistakes and try to unravel where you made errors. What strategies could you have employed to help you get a more accurate answer? What feedback do you need (from a fellow student or the teacher) to help you clarify your understanding.
Metacognition is thinking about how we think. Together with growth mindset and critical thinking skills, we’ll all become stronger independent thinkers.