Critical thinking

  • Be more critical! More analysis needed! Too descriptive!

    If you get these sorts of comments you need to understand what ‘critical’ means at university, why it matters and how you can show that you are a 'critical' student. These links will get you started.

    • What it means to be a critical student

      (University of Leicester, UK) A short animation comparing being a critical student with choosing an apartment.
    • Introduction to Critical Thinking

      (Northern Illinois University) In this video, Geoff Pynn explains what critical thinking is and outlines the difference between deductive and ampliative arguments. He does not do apostrophes well but it's a useful 9 minutes!

    • Critical Thinking

      (Qualia Soup) Worth watching more than once to absorb the stimulating images and commentary of this thoughtful 5-minute video. Skip the ad first!
    • Model for critical thinking 

      (Plymouth University, UK) This model (2 sides) takes you through the process of becoming a critical thinker. Working through strategic questions and prompts, you move from description to analysis to evaluation, and the essential ‘So what...?’ question at the end. Give it a go and if you like it, check out the full resource available here.

    For postgrads

    • Critical thinking – critical reading

      (RMIT, Aus) This thoughtfully designed resource shows you step-by-step how to develop as a critical thinker and bring this approach to your reading. Work your way through it.