STAY AHEAD AUTUMN PROGRAMME 2011 . Understanding complex information. Sara Steinke. Aims of the session. Consider ways of approaching intricate and interconnected information Practise skills of recording, retrieving and using this information
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ask the what, who, why, when, where, how questions
‘a thinking tool that reflects externally what goes on inside your head’
Draw a mind map to plan
the following essay question
Discuss the consequences
of the increase in university
tuition fees for students.
What are the weaknesses of the article?
What opportunities does the article propose?
What threats does the article pose?
Think about critical thinking skills – arguments, reasoning, sources, evidence, author, audience
things that you have learnt / thought about in
this session? Why were they important to you?
2. Are there any areas of improvement that
you need to take action on? If so, what are
you doing to do to improve this aspect
of your learning?
Cottrell, S. (2008) The Study Skills Handbook, 3rd Edition (London, Palgrave)chapter 12 ‘Critical analytical thinking’ pp.275-292
Cottrell, S. (2005) Critical Thinking Skills (London, Palgrave)
(a 12 minute audio file based on Cottrell’s Critical Thinking Skills book)
(transcript of the audio file)
(several online resources available
on the Birkbeck Library website)
(a 5 minute interactive tutorial
supporting this Get Ahead Summer