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Critical Thinking at University: An Introduction

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

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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. You may be an undergraduate student or a new taught postgraduate student who might be unfamiliar with studying in the UK. If you want to be ready for 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 for FutureLearn's Critical Thinking at University: An Introduction
4.7 Based on 13 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
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.
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Anonymous
4.0 4 days ago
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:)
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Anonymous
5.0 4 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course valuable. I chose to take longer than the 8 hours because I was interested and explored resources more than necessary to complete the steps, but I could have completed it in the assigned time by satisficing. I feel that I have a better understanding of critical thinking, and of why the academic world works the way that it does, and have been given tools that I will find useful going forward.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is very helpful for those who want to begin their university journey. It provide the necessary information, knowledge and academic skill a student requires in order to become a successful in the academic arena. I highly recommend it to those intending to join a university or for those who want to sharpen their critical thinking skills.
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has been very useful in developing my critical thinking skills. It helped me to recognise my own personal challenges when it comes to critical thinking and develop practical techniques to help overcome these. Thank you very much!
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Anonymous
5.0 a week ago
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.
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Anonymous
4.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
If one is motivated to develop critical thinking, I believe this course is a very good place to start as it provides useful tools and explanatory examples/assessments. I found particularly interesting advices on how to take useful notes.
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Anonymous
4.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This MOOC honed my critical thinking skills and gave a clear model and structure to the process. There were exercise to check understanding which I found helpful. I did not complete the peer review elements due to lack of time.
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Anonymous
4.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This MOOC honed my critical thinking skills and gave a clear model and structure to the process. There were exercise to check understanding which I found helpful. I did not complete the peer review elements due to lack of time.
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course was very helpful to start to apply all the tips to studying and furthering my learning. I am glad I took this online course to help understand how thinking can be applied in so many different ways.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course has clarity and an intelligent design with excellent resources to help you access basic critical thinking skills needed in academic life. A wonderful course that I highly recommend.
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5.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very useful in content, well targeted and structured course. The authors have provided relevant examples and a good number of practical activities.
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Vivian G
5.0 a week ago
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Pin point my weaknesses when it comes to reasoning critically and elaborate on how to improve it. I appreciate the course providers
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