Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Elder, Anastasia D.

Committee Member

Wei, Tianlan (Elaine)

Committee Member

Gallo, Katarzyna Z.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Educational Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Education


Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations


Metacognitive awareness plays an important role in students’ learning as well as in teaching and tutoring. The goal of this thesis research is to investigate the relationship between academic tutors’ metacognitive awareness, their student athlete tutees metacognitive awareness and academic performance (by cumulative GPA). Metacognitive awareness in tutors may have a significant influence on tutoring methods and students’ success. The population of tutors and students in the study is represented by 40 pairs of academic tutors and athlete students at one southern U.S. university. Metacognitive Awareness Inventory (MAI) was utilized and adapted for this study. Simple regression analysis results revealed that metacognitive awareness in students can predict their academic performance. Yet, tutors’ metacognitive awareness did not predict students’ metacognitive awareness and their cumulative GPA scores. Additional research with larger samples and via alternative methods as well as implications about potential of tutors’ metacognitive strategies for learners are discussed.