Metacognitive Tutoring

“Metacognition is an appreciation of what one already knows, together with a correct apprehension of the learning task and what knowledge and skills it requires, combined with the agility to make correct inferences about how to apply one’s strategic knowledge to a particular situation and to do so efficiently and reliably.” ~ LearnWell Projects 


Whereas traditional tutoring focuses on a particularly challenging subject area, and supplemental instruction addresses specific challenging courses, Metacognitive tutoring focuses on students’ interaction with content, in general, across domains and academic tasks.  

Traditional Tutoring

focuses on

 challenging subjects

Supplemental Instruction 

focuses on

challenging courses

Metacognitive Tutoring

focus on

learning challenges


Metacognitive tutoring addresses the immediate learning challenges students are experiencing while remaining open to underlying metacognitive (thinking about your own learning) conditions that may be contributing to these challenges. The primary goal of metacognitive tutoring sessions is to help students achieve a greater understanding of how they are learning and to gain skills and strategies to be successful at the university level.

Metacognitive tutoring and workshops are led by Learning Strategists, who are UC San Diego undergraduate students who have undergone significant training with the founder of LearnWell Projects and the UC San Diego Triton Achievement Partners Director. 

Schedule an Appointment

For appointments please indicate preference for day and time by clicking on this link and filling in your availability.  A Learning Strategist will get back to you shortly.

Fall Quarter Workshops

We will be hosting Learning Strategies workshops next week and during Week 9. Please see workshop descriptions and details below. If you are available to attend, then it would be great to see you there!

Exam Recon - Use your Midterm to Study Smarter: Learn from course exam questions on how to manage your studying to achieve your academic goals. 

  • Monday, November 13th from 6:00p – 7:00p in Cognitive Science Building 005
  • Wednesday, November 15th from 5:00p – 6:00p in Peterson Hall 102

 Get Ready, Get Set for Finals: Learn how to manage content and time to prepare for final exams. 

  • Monday, November 27th from 6:00p - 7:00p in Peterson Hall 102
  • Wednesday, November 29th  from 5:00p -6:00p in Earl Warren College Room – Price Center:

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

What are the expected outcomes or goals of student engagement with the TAP programs?

The substantive learning outcomes are…

In addition to traditional tutoring functions, the work of a Learning Strategist (metacognitive tutor) involves the following operations:

  • Locating the Problem– Identifying the task, role, responsibility, setting or cognitive function that is the source of students’ problems.
  • Clarifying the Problem– Distinguishing between students’ and faculty’s perceptions of the problems and the actual problems.
  • Linking Metacognitive Roots– Connecting problems in students’ learning to their underlying metacognitive roots.
  • Developing a Clear Metacognitive Problem-Solving Framework– Moving students from their “Now-State” to a more desirable “Goal-State" (improving their learning strategies).
  • Using Tools and Tactics – Using metacognitive tools and tactics to move students toward metacognitive control.



  • Involves facilitated learning techniques
  • Utilizes the experience of a near peer
  • Promotes community and academic collaboration between peers
  • Makes the invisible process of interaction that occurs throughout learning more visible and concrete

Learning Strategists

Academic Learning Strategists – Metacognition Tutors

  • Are students who are high achieving students
  • Extensively trained with facilitation skills, developing learning goals, using collaborative learning techniques, and developing strategies for university expectations
  • Manages drop in, individual, or workshop sessions; various locations on campus
  • Facilitates study sessions that encourages communication, community and engaged learning
  • Utilizes collaborative learning techniques to integrate course content and study strategies at the university level

fixed vs. growth mindset

The Triton Achievement Partners Director is always available to answer questions, receive feedback about students' tutoring experience, or listen to ideas on how to improve the program.  Reach the Director, Susan Rinaldi, by sending an email to