“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” -Christopher Hitchens
Critical thinking in everyday life
Learning critical thinking is a very important aspect in the everyday life of a college student. To be successful in school, a student will need to know how to discover the important facts from a lecture or textbook that they can use daily. In modern times, textbooks have made it easier to understand the concepts, limiting the need to think critically. This article is about a study done on college students explaining that the majority of students do not know how to think critically.
To be able to think critically while studying for an exam, a student needs to ask questions about the subject he or she is studying. College students need to be self disciplined in order to learn and understand new information that is brought to them. The most important aspect to thinking critically is to ask why the information is important.
Learning: Are you doing it right?
So, how do you know if you are learning the right way? If you can teach that information to somebody that does not know it, then you have been successful! It is always a good idea to try and tell somebody about what you are learning so that it can process completely through your brain. This next link is a website full of steps to learning critical thinking if you would like to know more.