It 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
- Rearrangement of materials
- Flashcards/ index cards
- Raw pictures, diagrams, chart
Goal setting and planning/standard setting
- Sequencing, timing, Completing
- Time management and pacing
Keeping records and monitoring
- 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
- Treats to motivate; self-reinforcement.
- Arrangement or imagination of punishments; delay of gratification
- 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.
- Reread notes, tests, and textbooks.
A printable version of these strategies can be found HERE.
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