the core component of self-explana- tion involves having students explain some aspect of their pro- cessing during learning. (11)
self-explanation may enhance learning by support- ing the integration of new information with existing prior knowledge. (11)
the range of tasks and measures that have been used to explore self-explanation is quite large. (12) This is overall a plus, because it means that it applies to a wide variety of assignments.
studies involving text learning have also shown effects on measures of comprehension, including dia- gram-drawing tasks, application-based questions, and tasks in which learners must make inferences … (12)
most students appar- ently can profit from self-explanation with minimal training. (13)
self-paced administration usu- ally yielded nontrivial increases (30–100%) in the amount of time spent learning in the self-explanation condition relative to other conditions (14)
its effects have been shown across differ- ent content materials within task domains as well as across several different task domains (14)
Self-explana- tion effects have also been shown across an impressive range of learning outcomes, including various measures of memory, comprehension, and transfer. (14)
Dunlosky, et al “Improving Students’ Learning with Effective Learning Techniques” Psychological Science in the Public Interest 14.1 (2013): 4-58.