When it comes to assessing how well a student has learned what he or she has studied, Corinne Townsend isn't so sure the student is the most accurate judge. The Ph.D candidate, who works in the lab of cognitive scientist Evan Heit, is putting her theory to the test.
Her research delves into how a student’s judgment of how well they've learned the material – known as “metacognitive judgments” – and how capable they think they are at performing well – known as “self-efficacy beliefs” – affect motivation and correlate with test scores.
“My own experience as a student made me wonder why some students are good at studying while others aren’t,” she said. “If you don’t think you can do well in a particular subject, you probably won’t devote a lot of time on it.”
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