SRL & Sport
Parallel Processes in Sport & School
We went through the examples of Lucas practicing the squat clean and studying for a biomechanics exam. If we look at the cycles Lucas went through, we see that they are very similar. The tasks he is completing & the strategies he is using are different, but the fundamental processes that he is using are the same in both contexts.
Take a look at the charts you’ve made. Can you see how the processes you engage are the same in both contexts? It takes the same processes to be successful in school as you are using in sport. Even though it seems overwhelming to regulate your learning for school, you are already doing this in your training. Apply those same processes to school as you do in training & you can learn to be more efficient & successful in school.
There are a couple of important things to keep in mind when self-regulating.
- SRL is an effortful process. This is especially true when you first start to regulate your learning.
- Regulation is especially important when you encounter challenge. It is less important to regulate when things are going well, but when you run into difficulties, it is important to deliberately think about each phase, what it is that is working well & what you need to change.
- Monitoring & evaluating are key processes. Regularly stepping back & thinking about what you are trying to do & how you can improve this is crucial to SRL. Keeping a physical record such as a journal about how things are going in your training or your studying is a great way to monitor & facilitates evaluation.
- Finally, remember that you do a good job of this in your sport training. You can do it in school, too!