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Professors can do much to improve their students’ ability to effectively use metacognition, increasing their chance of academic success and level of learning. Learn more about how to facilitate metacognition and deep learning among your students. 

Metacognition is the skill of “thinking about thinking.” Such ability is essential to success in college. Those students who have strong metacognitive skills will be better able to manage time and monitor their learning. Individuals who teach at the college level often have naturally strong metacognitive skills. However, many students do not arrive at college with strong metacognitive skills in place. Learn more about evidence-based practices that can be used to promote metacognition among your students.

Teaching with Metacognition Repository - Improve with Metacognition repository offers resources on developing and practicing metacognitive skills.

Metacognition | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University offers a brief explanation of metacognition and how to implement based on its theory includes a resources list with clickable links. 


For many students, traditional collegiate academic activities often do not result in a deep understanding of course material, but rather produce surface-level learning. Using evidence-based teaching strategies can result in a deeper level of understanding of course material. Such a deep understanding allows students to engage in higher level academic processes such as those that require creative and critical thinking.

The Seattle University Center for Teaching and Excellence Resource provides a wealth of information regarding teaching and learning in higher education. The resources listed under the Deep Learning heading on this page include documents including descriptions of approaches to learning and designing course content that is reflective of both deep and surface approaches.