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Critical Thinking: Succeed@Tees Workshops


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


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

Using material on this page


 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:


Date Time Room
Thursday 1st March 2018 12:00 - 13:00 T2.07

There's no need to book - just come along

If you need any adjustments to fully access this session, please contact in advance

What is Critical Thinking?

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

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