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Critical Thinking at University: An Introduction

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

Make sure you have the critical thinking skills required for university

Critical thinking is a vital skill at university and later in life. University study introduces you to new concepts, ways of learning and requires you to think critically. You need to know how to question information sources and how to evaluate different arguments.

Despite critical thinking being so important, students are often unprepared when they start their studies. This course will show you what critical thinking skills you need at university level, how they can be applied to different disciplines and how to use practical strategies to develop these skills for a successful academic life.

This course is for anyone preparing to study at university level or for current university students. You may be an undergraduate or a new taught postgraduate student who might be unfamiliar with studying in the UK. If you want to have a successful academic life, this course will give you the foundations whatever your discipline at university.

Critical thinking skills are also valued later life by employers, so if you want to refresh your skills, this practical online course is for you.

The course is part of the academic skills courses portfolio at the University of Leeds aiming to improve skills required for academic study.

Taught by

Jiani Liu and Michelle Schneider

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 97 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I think this course is really useful, especially for beginners. It introduces the concepts of critical thinking in the first week and then provides more examples and exercises for learners to get an idea of what they mean theoretically in the first week, enabling learners to have a go with it and understand the strategies better:) Hope the course can contain more sample responses, which can further help beginners to briefly understand what a good critical thinking looks like. Also, more exercises will be certainly helpful:)
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A very helpful course - I'd say it took me a bit more than the 4 hours a week to complete, but it is what you make it as well I think. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for some support in their first weeks at university, or anyone like me who just wishes to improve their personal critical thinking skills.
  • Florence (.

    Florence completed this course.

    Greetings !! Thanks to Future Learn and to the University of Leeds and your respective team members.
    Thank you Ms Jiani and Ms Michelle for showing me the way and for walking along with me in the journey of learning Critical Thinking. I have no words . but say I am grateful to you for the structured course, the relevant topics, and the professional manner it was done. This is a give in for University of Leeds and I am glad to learn from such professionals from such an elite University of Leeds.
    Kind regards,
    Florence MacDonald
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Course was informative, I found it useful as it taught me how to be a critical thinker which will be useful for my university life plus it transferable too. I would recommend this course as to any one going to university as it help you to critique article and how to not get overwhelmed with information that out there. Try it you won't be disappointed.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a matter of fact, critical thinking is [was] a whole new concept to me. Since I'm new to it, it made learning a bit difficult.

    The course itself is great. It has opened me to see the enormous possiblity of learning new things and learning them deeply.

    I highly recommend the course to all and sundry, whether you are 7 or 70 yrs, whether a teacher or plumber, a student or not.

    Thanks to Leeds Uni and FutureLearn for this programme.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course has further developed my understanding of critical thinking. In addition, it has made me mindful of the challenges that can affect this ever-so-significant skill, and by providing the various ways in which these can be dealt with, this course has made me more aware of the solutions that can be implemented to achieve a higher level of critical thinking. In fact, I will be employing many of these.
  • Anonymous
    This really is a fantastic course it takes you through from explaining what is critical thinking and how in a step by step way giving the skills to know the best way to do it.

    With examples and tips on how to get better, there are also some great links within the materials for you to get more practice.

    Would thoroughly recommend.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was very systematic and scaffolded very well. It has done well to make concise and clear a complex thought process. The Critical Thinking Model especially was useful and very useable in laying out thoughts in an organized way.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course has been very useful in my learning and understanding of critical thinking and how to write critically.
    The practical lessons and examples used in the course were impactful in understanding about the prerequisites and steps required in critical writing.
    I think the course was very helpful to all that attended.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have just completed yr 1 of a degree. This course has just explained very clearly what I should have been doing when I wasn't altogether sure. I totally get it now. It all makes sense. Sometimes it is simply how a thing is explained to you which makes all the difference to your understanding. Thank you
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I found this course to be a very useful introduction especially as I am going back to school after an extended period. It really gave be a lot to consider and to think about as I go back to the basics. I would highly recommend it for new students.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It is an outstanding course . I have noticed a great behavioral change after attending this course. It gives you a great beginning and shows right path to critical thinking. Must do it!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is a really wonderful course. I learned more about critical thinking skill. I learned the strategies,goals and more about this. It is really a wonderful course.
    Thanks
  • Desu completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Great course and awesome materials. I haven't been able to access the course fully, since I am already a fan of critical thinking and apparently practice it everyday. Still, the tools the course gives the learner are really useful and now, after completing...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    A well presented and written course, pitched at an appropriate level for new students. The embedded links to online resources are excellent and the information therein also most appropriate for this level. One minor comment re the section: Critical...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I just finished the critical thinking course provided by University Of Leeds which was useful and effective in academic field area and personal life as a life long skill, I got to know the importance of this course when I realized which their is a direct...
  • Anonymous
    This course provides many useful tricks for critical thinking and also it was well prepared. In addition, extra sources will be the best helper in your undergraduate or postgraduate life. If you do not live in a European country but you would like to study in one of them, you should know how you are able to think critically to become successful. Because according to my educational experiences as I studied in no-European country, we did not know ask properly question about the topic, we only listened to the teacher and did homework. However, when you start to study in the UK, it is expected that you become self-learner. You have to explain the topic with your own words. For all reasons, you should apply for this valuable course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I think that the information I have learnt during the course will be beneficial for me to be successful in my career. In this course, I've learnt:
    -what the critical thinking means,
    -which stages a person should follow to make tudy subjects better,
    -which challenges a person may encounter while thinking ciritically,
    -how to make good notes to develop the subject knowlege,
    -the differences between good and less critical engagement,
    -how to create an action plan.
    I really believe that I will use the information I've learnt in this course for my study subjects.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent course. For me it took the mystique out of what exactly critical thinking means. It set out practical exercises in order to see if it was being understood by the participant. By asking guide questions of the material being read/ listened to and using the Critical Thinking Model :
    what/where/why (description)
    how/why/what if (analysis)
    so what/what next (evaluation)
    I feel that I have the confidence to learn, think clearer, not be over whelmed by subject matter and gain more out of my life . Many thanks.
  • Shane D.

    Shane completed this course.

    This course has taught me skills that I wish I had when I did my Undergraduate degree 30+ years ago. It has also provided me with very good links to various sources of information at UoL.
    I found this course very useful in the sense that it has given me a insight in how to approach the Masters I am about to begin at the end of this month. Also confidence that there are resources to help me along the way.

    Thank you for a very informative course. It was presented very well and at a good pace.

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