It’s about a student’s ability to monitor, review and direct their own learning and to develop their knowledge about how they learn. Self-regulated learners are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, and can motivate themselves to engage in, and improve, their learning. As we turn towards an increasingly uncertain future, the most powerful and versatile skill that any of us can develop, is the ability to understand ourselves; to know how to learn, and how to learn better.
A self-regulated learner will practise cognitive skills such as using flash cards for revision but, additionally, will then also be able to monitor their own performance for signs of progress. Students revising for exams could discover the huge benefits of, for example, ‘spaced practice’ (where practice is broken up into a number of short sessions, over a longer period of time) compared to ‘massed practice’ – more commonly known as ‘cramming’.