College Success Critical Thinking Essay

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Regina Watson Chapter 5: Critical Thinking Reflection Essay College Success 2/10/15 In Chapter 5 of critical thinking I learned what it means to be a critical thinker and its purposes. When people often think of the word “critical” they assume (negativity, or harshness). It actually refers to thoughtful consideration of the information, ideas, and arguments that you encounter. Critical thinking is the ability to think for yourself and to reliably and responsibly make decisions that affect your life. Richard Paul and Linda Elder of the National Council for Excellence define critical thinking as “That mode of thinking about any subject, content, or problem in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully, imposing intellectual standards upon (his or her thoughts).” They believe that much of our thinking, left to itself is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. The quality of our life and the quality of what we produce, make, or build; however, depend precisely on the quality of our thoughts. Critical thinkers, in contrast, investigate problems, ask questions, pose new answers that challenge the status quo, discover new information, question authorities and traditional beliefs, challenge received dogmas and doctrines, make independent judgments, and develop creative solutions. I also learned that then first step of thinking critically is to engage your curiosity. Instead of accepting statements and assertions at face value, question them. Once you start asking questions, consider using multiple points of view, and drawing conclusions. While in college I’m going to apply these strategies and tips while in class or completing my assignments and doing homework. The big transition of being a high school student and now a college student is very different. The use of critical thinking is very important

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