If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. - Derek Bok
What is critical thinking and why learn it?
In short, critical thinking clarifies goals, examines assumptions, discerns hidden values, evaluates evidence, accomplishes actions, and assesses conclusions. Critical thinking allows you to better interpret information you receive, make decisions based on factual evidence, and prepare you to be a better student, employee, and contributor to the world around you.
To learn how to think critically is to know how to learn the right way! Nowadays, college students do not only attend class but many are also working full time jobs. Learning how to think critically is not hard and does not take up any time. So what are you waiting for? Go learn how to learn!
This video explains a simple tip on how to think critically,
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Other than learning to learn, can my critical thinking abilities be affected in other ways?
Many items will affect your critical thinking abilities. Bias, stress, and alcohol are just a few. Bias has a bad reputation, but the reality is, we all have it. The key is to become aware of those biases in order to minimize their affects. Stress can physically impair the brain's ability to think critically. Implementing various techniques to reduce stress levels can allow for college students to engage in deeper critical thought processes. The excessive use of alcohol by college students has a direct affect on critical thinking. The frontal lobe, the cerebellum, and the hippocampus are vital to critical thinking and when you drink alcohol, these areas are affected. College age drinkers should consider how alcohol affects critical thinking before taking that next drink.
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