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Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to reason, analyze, and evaluate information in order to form beliefs and take actions.   It helps you to study smarter.

Questions a critical thinker asks:

  • What is happening?
  • Why is it important?
  • What is missing?
  • Where did this come from?
  • Who did this come from?
  • What happens next?
  • What else do I need to know?

 Critical thinking includes:                         

  • Challenging ideas
  • Examining concepts
  • Reasoning solutions
  • Seeking out biases

Critical thinking is not:

  • Memorizing
  • Accepting
  • Following
Critical Thinking. Read and develop your own questions. think about information and consider whether or not you agree with it.  Is there more to the story? Investigate what is missing from what you have read.  What source is presenting the information?  Is is reliable? Ask yourself what else is important to know about the topic. Is there something more you need to know?

Related links:

Concept Lists (also known as Connection Pages) help you collect knowledge about a specific idea and then to find connections between related concepts.

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