How well can you judge your own performance in tasks? – Research opportunity


My name is Derek Burns; I am a Doctoral Researcher in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. As part of my PhD, I am currently asking for participants to take part in a study looking at students’ ability to monitor their knowledge and performance on language and problem solving tasks, in UK and East Asian international students (e.g. Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Hong Kong and Vietnamese).

This is a great chance to be part of and experience research in the UK. It is also hoped findings from my research may help guide teaching practices in relation to both UK and international students.


  • All participants must be over the age of 18 and a student at Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Participants must either be originally from the UK OR an international student from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan or Vietnam.

What do you do?

As a participant you will do the following

  • Complete two short self-report measures of metacognition (Thinking about thinking) and a questionnaire looking at the reasons why you attend university.
  • You will be asked if you know the meaning of 44 English words.
  • Complete 30 problem-solving tasks involving recognising patterns, these tasks will vary in difficulty. Each task will require you to identify a missing part of a pattern from the options provided.
  • Answer 44 multiple-choice English language questions.
  • For each question, in the problem solving and language task, you will be asked how confident you are in your answer. Further questions will ask how many questions you believe you answered correctly on both tasks.
  • Give permission to the researcher to access your grades at the university
  • Should not take longer than 60 minutes

To participate

Contact the main researcher Derek Burns via email before the 15th November 2017 on  and arrange a time to take part in the study.