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Student Essentials: Critical Thinking

Student Essentials: Critical Thinking [Kindle Edition]

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Students! Need to improve your critical thinking for top marks? Learn the core analytical skills for critical thinking...

Student Essentials: Critical Thinking – in one hour helps you master the essentials of this core study skill in just 60 minutes. If you are studying for an undergraduate degree at university, critical thinking and analysis is imperative when studying and can often be the difference between an acceptable grade and a great grade.

This book will help you develop the key essentials of this crucial skill in just one hour so you can successfully apply it to your studies straight away. Student Essentials: Critical Thinking – in one hour is packed full of jargon-free advice, step-be-step guidance and useful summaries to help you really get to grips with every element of critical thinking and analysis. Checklists and exercises ensure you tackle each stage of critical thinking head on and develop your skills from analysis and evaluation to constructing sound arguments and weighing up evidence.

Learn the critical thinking essential toolkit quickly and apply it to all areas of your study, including:

What is critical thinking? – the principles and essentials for study

Analytical skills – improve your  technique when reading and note taking

Evaluating evidence – get to grips with arguments, counter claims and credibility

Building arguments – using evidence, secondary resources and examples effectively

Key tools – use the checklists and exercises to master every stage of critical thinking

In just one hour develop your core critical thinking skills for study success and perform at your optimum with Trotman’s Student Essentials series. Discover other titles in the series to help boost your study skills including:

Student Essentials: Exam and Revision Strategies – in one hour

Student Essentials: Essay Writing – in one hour

Student Essentials: Study Skills – in one hour

Student Essentials: Dissertation – in one hour

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A common complaint among university tutors is that students do not think critically enough. Essays are ‘too descriptive’, ‘have no evidence’ or ‘show no argument’. However, while students are expected to think critically and assessments are graded on this ability, ‘a critical approach’ is rarely actually explained.

What is critical thinking?

In everyday English, being critical means finding fault: The tutor criticised me for jumping to conclusions.

Another common meaning of critical is ‘highly important’: Managing your time is critical if you want to do well at university.

Critical also describes the work of those who review films, books and music. Film critics, for instance, don’t just say whether or not they enjoyed a film; they judge the film’s strengths and weaknesses using criteria such as the script, the acting and the direction.

This third meaning is closest to what is meant by ‘critical’ in academic studies.
A critical approach applies to all aspects of university study: not only reading and writing assignments but listening in lectures, giving presentations and speaking in seminars. It involves a number of skills:

• precision both in understanding academic texts and in writing your own
• being able to form and to follow arguments
• logical reasoned thinking
• knowing when to take information at face value and when to challenge
• analysing and evaluating information
• selecting the right knowledge for the task
• understanding issues from perspectives other than your own.

Clearly, the ‘thinking’ is as crucial as the ‘critical’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Trotman (21 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Student Essentials: Critical Thinking 29 Dec 2012
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I am currently in my first year at university studying early years. A big part of my degree is reflective practice and critical thinking within our practice. This book has helped me greatly, I now know the different between being descriptive, which my lead tutors commented, on with the essays I had written and being critical. This book only took me an hour to read and I now have new confidence in writing future essays. This book I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent buy 18 April 2014
By agigi
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It is very simplified. I ask my self where was this book when I was doing my assignments. It was cheap compared to all other critical review books
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginner's guide 1 Nov 2013
By J
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This guide is more suited to those just starting out on a degree, or as a refresher on critical thinking skills. As it is such a vital skill for the top grades at University it's a useful book. However, 4 stars because the structure of the book is a little confusing and the tables don't work on Kindle format. Also a couple of typos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great introduction 10 Oct 2013
By Len
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Very clear and concise introduction to critical thinking for Uni students and others embarking on further education that involves essay writing and dissertations
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction for students! 8 Sep 2013
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I bought this book after "NOT enough critical analysis" comments on my first two university essays. However after reading this book I realise where I went wrong. Hopefully my next few essays will be fine, only time will tell!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Aug 2013
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This book contains really useful techniques of how to improve critical writing skills. I am using some of the suggested framework and I think that the critical part of my essay writing has improved. It teaches a clear structure of how to think in a critically analytical way. The proof will now be, hopefully improved essay grades. I hope so!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book 21 July 2013
By pepynfl
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I have just purchased and read this book. It gives you a good definition of what being critical means.
The book is written mostly for students and it allows them to get a better understanding of the concept of critical thinking. I would recommend this book to anyone out there who wants to get a little bit deeper into what it is to be critical. It does not really matter if you are a student or not.

PS: I could not read this book in 1 hour but it was worth the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 11 April 2013
By PeterH
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As a 2nd year degree student I have found this book expains critical thinking in an easy to understand way. It explains the academic pitfalls that are easy to fall into and how not to. Recommended.
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