How to Improve Your Critical Thinking & Reflective Skills

Author: Kathleen McMillan,Jonathan Weyers

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780273773320

Category: Critical thinking

Page: 278

View: 7620

New to the highly successful Smarter Study Skills series comes this essential guide to thinking and writing critically. This easy-to-use guide identifies and addresses the key areas where most students need help in developing and enhancing the critical thinking and writing skills that are crucial to successful academic study, and provides practical tips and solutions. The authors use real life examples to illustrate common mistakes and demonstrate how to avoid them. They provide solid advice on enhancing analytical and argumentation skills by adopting best practice with critical thinking and reflective writing.
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Critical Thinking Skills

Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection

Author: Stella Cottrell

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 113755052X

Category: Critical thinking

Page: 309

View: 914

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Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies

Author: Martin Cohen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118924738

Category: Education

Page: 376

View: 6664

Turbocharge your reasoning with Critical Thinking Just what are the ingredients of a great argument? What is the secret to communicating your ideas clearly and persuasively? And how do you see through sloppy thinking and flim-flam? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, then this book is for you! These days, strong critical thinking skills provide a vital foundation for academic success, and Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies offers a clear and unintimidating introduction to what can otherwise be a pretty complex topic. Inside, you'll get hands-on, lively, and fun exercises that you can put to work today to improve your arguments and pin down key issues. With this accessible and friendly guide, you'll get plain-English instruction on how to identify other people's assumptions, methodology, and conclusions, evaluate evidence, and interpret texts effectively. You'll also find tips and guidance on reading between the lines, assessing validity – and even advice on when not to apply logic too rigidly! Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies: Provides tools and strategies from a range of disciplines great for developing your reflective thinking skills Offers expert guidance on sound reasoning and textual analysis Shows precisely how to use concept mapping and brainstorming to generate insights Demonstrates how critical thinking skills is a proven path to success as a student Whether you're undertaking reviews, planning research projects or just keen to give your brain a workout, Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies equips you with everything you need to succeed.
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How to Write Essays & Assignments

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Author: Kathleen McMillan,Jonathan Weyers

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 0273749633

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 264

View: 4844

Fully updated since publication in 2007, and with extended and revised sections in key areas such as plagiarism & Copyright, and Citing & Referencing, How to write Essays & Assignments will allow a student to assess and address their particular weaknesses in planning and writing great academic essays and delivers detailed tips, techniques and strategies to enable them to significantly improve their abilities and performance in time to make a difference.
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The Study Skills Book

Author: Kathleen McMillan,Jonathan Weyers

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780273773313

Category: Education

Page: 450

View: 5216

Is there a secret to successful study? The answer is ‘yes’! There are some essential skills and smart strategies that will help you to improve your results at university. Using proven techniques and tips to help you focus your efforts and develop successful study skills and strategies, THE STUDY SKILLS BOOK provides practical answers to questions such as: What do lecturers expect from you in a tutorial? What’s the best way to plan an essay or dissertation? Where should you concentrate your efforts for maximum impact? This book is an essential practical resource for all students who want to improve their performance and succeed in their studies: All key study skills are covered including essay writing, revision and exams, tutorials, and dissertations Practical solutions are presented for the most common problems A common-sense, no-nonsense approach is offered using practical checklists and tips This handbook has been written by experts and extensively tested on students to help you focus your efforts, troubleshoot your problems and thrive at university. “Every aspect of university life is covered – my tip to other students is to have this book on their desk and use it – (it) has been a great help”, Sarah Scott, Student “This book really is a must have for any first year student!! Easy to read, intelligent and the best help a first year could ever want!”, Alastair Ross, Amazon reviewer “This book really will be a godsend to you during your time at university. It's like my bible now - I'm so glad I bought it!”, Fi Wordsworth, Amazon reviewer
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How to Write Dissertations & Project Reports

Author: Kathleen McMillan,Jonathan Weyers

Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed

ISBN: 0273743848

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 304

View: 9001

Fully updated since first publication in 2007, and with extended and revised sections in key areas such as Plagiarism & Copyright, Ethics in research, and Citing & Referencing, How to write Dissertations & Research Projects will allow a student to assess and address their particular weaknesses in researching and writing dissertations and longer pieces of coursework and delivers detailed tips, techniques and strategies to enable them to significantly improve their abilities and performance in time to make a difference.
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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Author: Edward B. Burger,Michael Starbird

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400844568

Category: Self-Help

Page: 168

View: 8538

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself--revealing previously hidden opportunities. The book offers real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change. No matter who you are, the practical mind-sets introduced in the book will empower you to realize any goal in a more creative, intelligent, and effective manner. Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential--including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners. Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will inspire and guide you on your way. To share thinking stories, go to: http://5elementsofthinking.wordpress.com
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Essential Study Skills

The Complete Guide to Success at University

Author: Tom Burns,Sandra Sinfield

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473966043

Category: Study Aids

Page: 336

View: 7556

Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy here Do you want to do better at university? Packed with study tips and handy activities, Essential Study Skills is a proven guide that shows you step-by-step how to study effectively and make the best of your time at university - whatever level you're at. Whether you are going to university straight from school, a mature student, or an overseas student studying in the UK for the first time, you'll find out how to: Sail through those tricky first weeks Get the most out of lectures by understanding how you learn Learn techniques for academic writing and research Stay cool and cope with stress Pass exams with flying colours Plan your career after graduation. Don't miss in this edition... Even more tips and advice on learning methods, online learning and developing job skills - ensuring success throughout your course Additional case studies and student tips to help you apply the skills you need A companion website packed with toolkits and resources, to help you study smarter. ‘An outstanding book which enables learners to actively identify, reflect and develop their ‘skills’ to enable them to succeed as life-long learners. The authors present the ‘how to’ alongside the ‘what’ of study skills to enable continuous personal development, in an accessible style.’ - Di Turgoose, Senior Lecturer, Member of the Association for Learning and Development in Higher Education SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills website for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!
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Critical Thinking

Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life

Author: Richard Paul,Linda Elder

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133115690

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 480

View: 5407

Use better thinking to empower yourself, discover opportunities, avoid disastrous mistakes, build wealth, and achieve your biggest goals! This is your complete, up-to-the-minute blueprint for assessing and improving the way you think about everything – from business decisions to personal relationships. Drs. Richard W. Paul and Linda Elder, of the Center for Critical Thinking, offer specific guidance for making more intelligent decisions, and overcoming the irrationalities and "sociocentric" limits we all face. Discover which of the "six stages" of thinking you’re in and learn how to think with clarity, relevance, logic, accuracy, depth, significance, precision, breadth, and fairness. Master strategic thinking skills you can use everywhere and learn how to critically assess what experts tell you. Packed with new examples and exercises, this guide won’t just help you think more effectively: it will help you use those skills to empower yourself, discover new opportunities, avoid disastrous mistakes, and grow your wealth. Above all, it will help you gain the confidence and clarity you need to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life – whatever they are!
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How to Argue

Author: Alastair Bonnett

Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed

ISBN: 0273743864

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 4753

The new and expanded edition of this short skills text elucidates key techniques and best practice for ensuring a cohesive, rigorous and convincing argument can be presented within an academic context. Appropriate for students across the disciplines, the author first deconstructs the basic principles that make good argument, and then - using appropriate examples and case studies to illustrate – develops practical skills and techniques for students to apply in their academic career and beyond. Practical exercises encourage self-learning and application of the techniques.
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How To Improve Your Mind

20 Keys to Unlock the Modern World

Author: James R. Flynn

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118315022

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

View: 4076

Become the master of your world Presents 20 key concepts, or keys, to aid critical thinking Authored by one of the world's most eminent psychologists - and founder of the Flynn Effect Looks at topics such as Race and IQ, "good" science and the current world economic crisis Written in a clear and lucid style, illustrated with many examples
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Critical Thinking

50 Best Strategies to Think Smart and Clear, Get Logical Thinking, and Improve Your Decision Making Skills

Author: Christ Lewis

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781505898644

Category: Self-Help

Page: 64

View: 3172

50 Best Strategies to Have Critical Thinking Skills Aside from life's basic necessities, such as food and water, critical thinking is considered by many as a key ingredient to a healthy and successful life. The ability to critically think allows people to think for themselves, to question hypotheses, to develop alternative hypotheses, and to test those hypotheses against known facts. In a world filled with information and scams, it is vital that people effectively analyze and evaluate data prior to finalizing on any decision. With this in mind, it's vital that people possess the necessary skills to critically think in business and in life. What Will You Learn From This Book... Accept Evaluate your thinking Make the most of your time Character transformation Be aware of your emotions Analyze your groups Change your perception of things Deal with a problem Develop your intellectual standards Get rid of egocentric thinking Write an intellectual journal Ask questions Value and respect other's ideas Assess consequences of actions or ideas Be willing to consider multiple perspectives Examine diverse points of view Promote academic conversations And Much More!
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How to Improve Your Maths Skills

Author: Steve Lakin

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780273770022

Category: College student orientation

Page: 224

View: 9182

This easy-to-use guide identifies and addresses the areas where most students need help with basic mathematical problems that occur in everyday life and academic study and provides straightforward, practical tips and solutions that will enable you to assess and then improve your performance.
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Outsmarting IQ

The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence

Author: David Perkins

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439105618

Category: Education

Page: 390

View: 4550

Since the turn of the century, the idea that intellectual capacity is fixed has been generally accepted. But increasingly, psychologists, educators, and others have come to challenge this premise. Outsmarting IQ reveals how earlier discoveries about IQ, together with recent research, show that intelligence is not genetically fixed. Intelligence can be taught. David Perkins, renowned for his research on thinking, learning, and education, identifies three distinct kinds of intelligence: the fixed neurological intelligence linked to IQ tests; the specialized knowledge and experience that individuals acquire over time; and reflective intelligence, the ability to become aware of one's mental habits and transcend limited patterns of thinking. Although all of these forms of intelligence function simultaneously, it is reflective intelligence, Perkins shows, that affords the best opportunity to amplify human intellect. This is the kind of intelligence that helps us to make wise personal decisions, solve challenging technical problems, find creative ideas, and learn complex topics in mathematics, the sciences, management, and other areas. It is the kind of intelligence most needed in an increasingly competitive and complicated world. Using his own pathbreaking research at Harvard and a rich array of other sources, Perkins paints a compelling picture of the skills and attitudes underlying learnable intelligence. He identifies typical pitfalls in multiple perspectives, and neglecting evidence. He reveals the underlying mechanisms of intelligent behavior. And he explores new frontiers in the development of intelligence in education, business, and other settings. This book will be of interest to people who have a personal or professional stake in increasing their intellectual skills, to those who look toward better education and a more thoughtful society, and not least to those who follow today's heated debates about the nature of intelligence.
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The Study Skills Book

Author: Kathleen McMillan,Jonathan Weyers

Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed

ISBN: 0273773348

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 464

View: 4898

Is there a secret to successful study?The answer is ‘yes’! There are some essential skills and smart strategies that will help you to improve your results at university. Using proven techniques and tips to help you focus your efforts and develop successful study skills and strategies, THE STUDY SKILLS BOOKprovides practical answers to questions such as: What do lecturers expect from you in a tutorial? What’s the best way to plan an essay or dissertation? Where should you concentrate your efforts for maximum impact? This book is an essential practical resource for all students who want to improve their performance and succeed in their studies: All key study skills are covered including essay writing, revision and exams, tutorials, and dissertations Practical solutions are presented for the most common problems A common-sense, no-nonsense approach is offered using practical checklists and tips This handbook has been written by experts and extensively tested on students to help you focus your efforts, troubleshoot your problems and thrive at university. “Every aspect of university life is covered – my tip to other students is to have this book on their desk and use it – (it) has been a great help”, Sarah Scott, Student “This book really is a must have for any first year student!! Easy to read, intelligent and the best help a first year could ever want!”, Alastair Ross, Amazon reviewer “This book really will be a godsend to you during your time at university. It's like my bible now - I'm so glad I bought it!”, Fi Wordsworth, Amazon reviewer
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Weaponized Lies

How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era

Author: Daniel J. Levitin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524742228

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 3407

Previously Published as A Field Guide to Lies We’re surrounded by fringe theories, fake news, and pseudo-facts. These lies are getting repeated. New York Times bestselling author Daniel Levitin shows how to disarm these socially devastating inventions and get the American mind back on track. Here are the fundamental lessons in critical thinking that we need to know and share now. Investigating numerical misinformation, Daniel Levitin shows how mishandled statistics and graphs can give a grossly distorted perspective and lead us to terrible decisions. Wordy arguments on the other hand can easily be persuasive as they drift away from the facts in an appealing yet misguided way. The steps we can take to better evaluate news, advertisements, and reports are clearly detailed. Ultimately, Levitin turns to what underlies our ability to determine if something is true or false: the scientific method. He grapples with the limits of what we can and cannot know. Case studies are offered to demonstrate the applications of logical thinking to quite varied settings, spanning courtroom testimony, medical decision making, magic, modern physics, and conspiracy theories. This urgently needed book enables us to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. As Levitin attests: Truth matters. A post-truth era is an era of willful irrationality, reversing all the great advances humankind has made. Euphemisms like “fringe theories,” “extreme views,” “alt truth,” and even “fake news” can literally be dangerous. Let's call lies what they are and catch those making them in the act.
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A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Enhancing academic practice

Author: Heather Fry,Steve Ketteridge,Stephanie Marshall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317650220

Category: Education

Page: 452

View: 3316

This entirely new edition of a very successful book focuses on developing professional academic skills for supporting and supervising student learning and effective teaching. It is built on the premise that the roles of those who teach in higher education are complex and multi-faceted. A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is sensitive to the competing demands of teaching, research, scholarship, and academic management. The new edition reflects and responds to the rapidly changing context of higher education and to current understanding of how to best support student learning. Drawing together a large number of expert authors, it continues to feature extensive use of case studies that show how successful teachers have implemented these ideas. It includes key topics such as student engagement and motivation, internationalisation, employability, inclusive strategies for teaching, effective use of technology and issues relating to postgraduate students and student retention. Part 1 explores a number of aspects of the context of UK higher education that affect the education of students, looking at the drivers of institutional behaviours and how to achieve success as a university teacher. Part 2 examines learning, teaching and supervising in higher education and includes chapters on working with diversity, encouraging independent learning and learning gain. Part 3 considers approaches to teaching and learning in different disciplines, covering a full range including arts and humanities, social sciences, experimental sciences through to medicine and dentistry. Written to support the excellence in teaching and learning design required to bring about student learning of the highest quality, this will be essential reading for all new lecturers, particularly anyone taking an accredited course in teaching and learning in higher education, as well as those experienced lecturers who wish to improve their teaching practice. Those working in adult learning and educational development will also find the book to be a particularly useful resource. In addition it will appeal to staff who support learning and teaching in various other roles.
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How People Learn

Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition

Author: National Research Council,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences,Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning with additional material from the Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309131979

Category: Education

Page: 384

View: 9362

First released in the Spring of 1999, How People Learn has been expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning. Like the original edition, this book offers exciting new research about the mind and the brain that provides answers to a number of compelling questions. When do infants begin to learn? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What can teachers and schools do-with curricula, classroom settings, and teaching methods--to help children learn most effectively? New evidence from many branches of science has significantly added to our understanding of what it means to know, from the neural processes that occur during learning to the influence of culture on what people see and absorb. How People Learn examines these findings and their implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. The book uses exemplary teaching to illustrate how approaches based on what we now know result in in-depth learning. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system. Topics include: How learning actually changes the physical structure of the brain. How existing knowledge affects what people notice and how they learn. What the thought processes of experts tell us about how to teach. The amazing learning potential of infants. The relationship of classroom learning and everyday settings of community and workplace. Learning needs and opportunities for teachers. A realistic look at the role of technology in education.
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Teach Students How to Learn

Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation

Author: Saundra Yancy McGuire

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1620363186

Category: Education

Page: 288

View: 5788

Miriam, a freshman Calculus student at Louisiana State University, made 37.5% on her first exam but 83% and 93% on the next two. Matt, a first year General Chemistry student at the University of Utah, scored 65% and 55% on his first two exams and 95% on his third—These are representative of thousands of students who decisively improved their grades by acting on the advice described in this book. What is preventing your students from performing according to expectations? Saundra McGuire offers a simple but profound answer: If you teach students how to learn and give them simple, straightforward strategies to use, they can significantly increase their learning and performance. For over a decade Saundra McGuire has been acclaimed for her presentations and workshops on metacognition and student learning because the tools and strategies she shares have enabled faculty to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success. This book encapsulates the model and ideas she has developed in the past fifteen years, ideas that are being adopted by an increasing number of faculty with considerable effect. The methods she proposes do not require restructuring courses or an inordinate amount of time to teach. They can often be accomplished in a single session, transforming students from memorizers and regurgitators to students who begin to think critically and take responsibility for their own learning. Saundra McGuire takes the reader sequentially through the ideas and strategies that students need to understand and implement. First, she demonstrates how introducing students to metacognition and Bloom’s Taxonomy reveals to them the importance of understanding how they learn and provides the lens through which they can view learning activities and measure their intellectual growth. Next, she presents a specific study system that can quickly empower students to maximize their learning. Then, she addresses the importance of dealing with emotion, attitudes, and motivation by suggesting ways to change students’ mindsets about ability and by providing a range of strategies to boost motivation and learning; finally, she offers guidance to faculty on partnering with campus learning centers. She pays particular attention to academically unprepared students, noting that the strategies she offers for this particular population are equally beneficial for all students. While stressing that there are many ways to teach effectively, and that readers can be flexible in picking and choosing among the strategies she presents, Saundra McGuire offers the reader a step-by-step process for delivering the key messages of the book to students in as little as 50 minutes. Free online supplements provide three slide sets and a sample video lecture. This book is written primarily for faculty but will be equally useful for TAs, tutors, and learning center professionals. For readers with no background in education or cognitive psychology, the book avoids jargon and esoteric theory.
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Study Smarter, Not Harder

Author: Kevin Paul

Publisher: Self-Counsel Press

ISBN: 177040712X

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 2234

By mastering the seven basic elements of complete study skills included in this book, it's possible to tap into hidden potential for maximum performance and increased learning power.
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