Critical Thinking Demystified

Developing strong critical thinking skills is crucial to your success as a writer. Critical thinking involves actively engaging the text that you are reading and asking questions of that text. Try to envision the act of reading as participating in a conversation with the author, rather than merely absorbing the information as it is given to you. Question the information and the claims that the author makes. Bearing this perspective in mind, it is helpful to approach critical thinking as a set of questions to ask when reading or listening to an argument (Browne and Keeley 2004).

Browne, M. Neil and Stuart M. Keeley. 2004. Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking. 7th ed. New Jersey: Pearson Education.