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Critical Thinking for University

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

Critical thinking is the cornerstone of studying at university. It is an academic skill that encompasses other academic skills (such as reading, note-making and writing for academic purposes), and plays a key part in achieving high grades. This session will consider what is meant by critical thinking and what is expected of you as a critical thinker. You will also encounter the key questions with which to approach critical reading and writing in the initial stages of your studies.

In addition to this workshop, a second workshop called 'Building and evaluating academic argument' also deals with critical thinking and can also be booked on the events booking system.

If you encounter any problems booking events through My Birkbeck, please book via the Birkbeck Events webpage.

All our workshops are repeated numerous times throughout the academic year. The resources and a recording of this workshop will be available in the Study skills resources section of the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle module (student login required).

The central study skills team offers a variety of study skills and writing skills workshops:

1. Time management and organising your studies
2. Procrastination, perfectionism and prioritisation
3. Reading for university
4. Note-making for academic purposes
5. Mindmapping
6. Critical thinking for university
7. Building and evaluating academic argument
8. Referencing and citation of academic sources
9. Summarising and paraphrasing effectively
10. Zotero academic referencing software - live demonstration
11. Exams and revision strategies
12. How to develop your concentration and focus
13. Introduction to Birkbeck IT15. Academic skills clinic (group tutorial Q&A)

If you don't see these workshops on the schedule, you can find recordings of past workshops in our Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle module.


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