EF Challenge — Metacognition

by Laurie Moore Skillings, SCAC


Metacognition is the executive functions skill that helps you “think about your thinking” and “learn about your learning”.  It is the ability to self-monitor when performing a task (e.g., doing a math problem, cleaning up after yourself, learning something new).

When a person has difficulties with metacognition, it may be hard for them to:

notice careless mistakes

realize if their behavior is acceptable

realize if their behavior isn’t acceptable

adjust their behavior if told that it isn’t appropriate

think abstractly

problem solve


be aware of their own thinking

know how they learn best

Click here for a Metacognition strategy.