At High Performance Learning, we believe that teaching and learning has to be done with students and not to them. Our High Performance Learning Student Voice series are short blogs by students in HPL schools who want to share their experiences.

We want to thank Sophia for sharing her thoughts and the whole GEMs Royal Dubai School team for being brilliant teachers.

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Hello everyone, my name is Sophia from GEMS Royal Dubai School and I’m going to be talking to you about a few High Performance Learning (HPL) skills I have recently demonstrated and applied in my learning during remote learning. Over the next few weeks, I will be, with great pride and pleasure, going to writing to you about a few HPL focuses, which are made up of VAA and ACP skills, I have showcased in my learning.

 Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. For my final piece of writing, I will be focusing on the skill of meta-cognition. I believe meta-cognition is a great skill to reflect on your learning and make your work more accurate and precise.

During one of our recent weeks of online learning, our main focus had been on the skill meta-cognition. Meta-cognition is the ability to think about your own thinking. I had to use meta-cognition in various different subjects at school but I think I showed my knowledge of it best when completing a Maths revision lesson. During this lesson, we were given a set of word problems and had to find out the best division method to solve the questions. To precisely calculate the answers, I had to think about all the different methods of division I had learnt about in the past. This means I was thinking about my own thinking and reflecting on what I already knew. Therefore, I was using the skill of meta-cognition. After learning this skill, I have been able to apply it in my lessons and tasks frequently. By doing this, I have been able to look to the future and see the overall outcomes of my work, and correct any mistakes before they happen. In addition, I’ve realized that my work has been more accurate as I also look back at the past when I may have not known the skill meta-cognition and made mistakes whilst carrying out my tasks.

In my final blog post, my last tips for you are on meta-cognition. Whilst showcasing metacognition, you are reflecting on your work and thoughts. To carry out this process, you need to have some level of patience. The main reason you need patience is because you need to reflect and think deeply to understand your previous mistakes or to uplevel your work. You shouldn't rush through when re-checking your tasks then you may miss out small details that could make a big difference. Say you were writing a formal letter to your next school, I am sure you can’t afford to make mistakes. Therefore, you should read through it once more to check if your work is up to a high standard and is free of any typos or mistakes. Finally, my last tip continues from my previous advice, which is simply, go through your work. To explain more elaborately, you must make sure you go through your work however many times it is needed. This will prevent you from making any mistakes, let it be in the form or words, punctuation or even calculations. This is mandatory for all people of different ages no matter what it is they are going through. It could be for a student who is going through his Maths work or a passionate professional who is writing a résumé and hoping to begin her journey as an employee to become successful in the job she desires. No matter the circumstance, these tips ensure that you will be able to accurately reflect and think on your work and thoughts.

As you can see, all the HPL ACP and VAA skills that I have previously talked about, have helped and shaped me to be the person who I am today. Each year at RDS, I am introduced to many new skills but have learnt many more during my remote learning. I am grateful for these abilities that are constantly growing inside me and hope to encounter and learn many more during the next few weeks. To end this amazing opportunity, I have another quote to keep up with all the other quotes I’ve shown you previously. “Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece”. That quote is by Ralph Charell, who is an author, and I believe it has a strong meaning behind it. Lastly, I hope these skills stick with me in the years to come and will help me to have a bright and happy future.

Thank you for reading my weekly blog posts,


Year Six

Gems Royal Dubai School

High Performance Learning
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