Lesson 6: Developing Your Own Plan

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PENCIL1It is now time to consider developing your own plan for how you will be able to increase your self-regulation. It may require a combination of various strategies that have been introduced as a part of this module. Before you begin thinking about your own plan, you may want to consider the following two questions.

  • What are some common self-regulation strategies that have worked well for other successful students and can help you to be successful in school if you stick with them?
  • What are some individual skills that you must develop personally to be successful in school and life?

Look at the list below… which Self-Regulation strategies do you think will work for you? Check the strategies that you already use successfully. Try to use a new strategy each week.


Organizing and transforming information

  • Outlining
  • Summarizing
  • Rearrangement of materials
  • Highlighting
  • Flashcards/ index cards
  • Raw pictures, diagrams, chart
  • Webs/mapping

Goal setting and planning/standard setting

  • Sequencing, timing, Completing
  • Time management and pacing

Keeping records and monitoring

  • Note-taking
  • Lists of errors made
  • Record of marks
  • Portfolio, keeping all drafts of assignments

Rehearsing and memorizing (written or verbal; overt or covert)

  • Mnemonic devices
  • Teaching someone else the material
  • Making sample questions
  • Using mental imagery
  • Using repetition


Self-evaluating (checking quality or progress)

  • Task analysis (What does the teacher want me to do? What do I want outof it?)
  • Self-instructions; enactive feedback
  • Attentiveness


  • Treats to motivate; self-reinforcement.
  • Arrangement or imagination of punishments; delay of gratification


Environmental structuring

  • Selecting or arranging the physical setting
  • Isolating/eliminating or minimizing distractions
  • Break up study periods and spread them over time

Seeking social assistance

  • Ask a friend, a teacher, or another adult.
  • Follow the lead of a student who is successful

Seeking information from nonsocial sources

  • Go to the library, read a book or a magazine article.
  • Watch a TV show or find it on the web.
  • Find examples out in the real world.

Reviewing records

  • Reread notes, tests, and textbooks.

A printable version of these strategies can be found HERE.

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