‘Critical’ may sound like a negative. When you are asked to think critically you may think that you have to criticise everything that you read. This is not the case. Critical thinking is reading and thinking with a questioning and open mind; it is not accepting material at face value, but looking behind the material.
Critical thinking allows you to openly ask about the subject area. It will open discussion on the subject matter and is a major step in the journey to becoming an independent thinker.
As a university student in the Digital Age, you need to be able to think critically about the resources and information that you use as part of your studies and research. It is really important for you to be able to differentiate sources of information. Your writing needs to be able to reflect others ideas and arguments, yet showcase your own opinion, utilising other sources work to bring your ideas to the fore. This cannot be done unless you question what you read, and synthase the thoughts of your sources to underpin your own writing.
Learning to be a critical thinker is one of the most important skills you can gain as a university student, if not the most. The Skills Centre has developed a four-part workshop to help you to develop these skills.