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Critical thinking is a skill you need to teach yourself by actively engaging with ideas in your discipline area.

At postgraduate level, your written work should demonstrate a high level of critical thinking.

This tutorial has provided you with an overview of what critical thinking involves and a 9 step process to follow to help you develop the capacity to read actively and think critically.

Critical thinking is developed through the experience of asking questions. It requires you to analyse, synthesise and evaluate the ideas, not simply describe them.

This tutorial emphasises the need to:

  • read with purpose
  • skim the article before you start
  • ask questions
  • read deeply
  • make notes
  • consolidate your knowledge.