Self-regulated Learning: Planning

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Planning falls into the forethought phase of self-regulated learning (SRL), where a learner is
responsible for setting goals for a task, identifying critical features of a task and planning
strategies accordingly. Setting task-specific goals allows students to have a self-generated
criterion against which to assess, monitor, and guide their learning. Identifying the critical features
of a task allows students the opportunity to first search their memory for relevant prior knowledge
before they begin, as well as judge the relevance of the task and how easy or difficult it will be to
accomplish. This sets the stage for recognizing what learning strategies they can use, how these
strategies can be performed, and when and why to use them.

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