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Critical Thinking: Succeed@Tees Workshops

Tips

Remember to look for the evidence for all the arguments that you come across

Exercise

Read the following articles and complete an exercise sheet for each below.

Compare your answers with our completed exercise sheet below.

Article 1


Paton, G. (2012) 'Teachers call for fresh curbs on violent video games', The Daily Telegraph, 27th March.  [Accessed 27 August 2013]

 

 Article 2

The following article is from the Independent newspaper online:

Laurance, J. (2011) Cycle helmets: safety essential or health risk?  The Independent, 29 July. [Accessed 27 August 2013]

Next steps

If you thought this workshop was useful you may like to try:

  • Critical writing
  • Critical appraisal (for Health students)
  • Academic writing: an introduction
  • Reflective writing

Introduction

 Critical thinking - what it is and why it matters

What does it mean to be a critical student? This basic workshop will introduce you to the key aspects of critical thinking:

  • the main components of an argument
  • what makes an argument succeed or fail
  • identifying supporting evidence
  • recognising the most reliable research

 

This session is aimed at undergraduates but is suitable for any level of study.

                student thinking

Forthcoming Workshops

The workshops are on the following dates and times:

 

Succeed@tees workshops are not scheduled to run during the summer vacation, they will resume in the autumn.

There's no need to book - just come along

If you need any adjustments to fully access this session, please contact libraryhelp@tees.ac.uk in advance

What is Critical Thinking?

View the following introduction to critical thinking, which comes from the University of Leicester.

Using material on this page

What students said about this workshop

 "It was very clear and the session was given very well – enjoyed it"

"Gave a good insight into what I don’t do but need to! Showed the need to drill right into an article rather than accepting on face value. A good session would recommend.  Well done!."

"Very useful. Interesting. Clear / logical. Clips and combination of media used excellent to explain critical thinking."

"It made me think about critical reading and how it is linked to critical writing.  Also it made me think about ‘real’ evidence rather than just my own thoughts / opinions."

"Made me realise how little I am critical about the sources I use.  I realised how difficult being critical is."

Further Reading