Metacognition is one of the top skills because it can help students take control of their learning. Metacognition is the recognition and understanding of your own thoughts. Employers need workers who can find errors in their own reasoning, reflect on their own biases and misconceptions, and apply what they’ve learned about themselves to future problems. This is why teachers ask you to explain your thinking and show your work. Spending time examining your thought process can reveal a lot about how you approach problems and where you might make mistakes.