Let's talk about metacognition. Or we could talk about talking about metacognition, which would be a metadialogue about metacognition. But let's stick with the first one.
Learning how you learn is important for a student of any discipline.
Interesting section of the article:
"In the 1980s, John Bransford, an expert cognitive psychologist, tried to learn physics from a textbook with the help of an expert physicist. He kept a diary of his learning experiences and recorded the skills and strategies most useful to him (Brown et al. 1983). Among the things he listed were
1. Awareness of the difference between understanding and memorising material and knowledge of which mental strategies to use in each case;
2. Ability to recognise which parts of the text were difficult, which dictated where to start reading and how much time to spend;
3. Awareness of the need to take problems and examples from the text, order them randomly, and then try to solve them;
4. Knowing when he didn’t understand, so he could seek help from the expert; and
5. Knowing when the expert’s explanations solved his immediate learning problem.
These are all metacognitive skills; they all involve awareness and control of the learning problem that Bransford was trying to solve. Bransford might have learned these skills originally in one domain (cognitive psychology), but he could apply them as a novice when trying to learn a second domain (physics)."
Being a good learner will help you in any educational or employment setting. Learning how to do that is metacognition.