The Importance Of Critical Thinking

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Critical thinking is the way in which one improves the skill of thinking by assessing, analyzing and reconstructing the content in which they read. Joe Lau and Jonathan Chan (2015) describe critical thinking as “the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe.” As a student, studying International Relations in the faculty of Social Science, reading is crucial, as was mentioned in the acceptance letter for the University of the West Indies “you’ve been accepted to read for your degree”. In order to be successful in university, critical thinking is a necessity and is needed for everyday use within the university setting. When studying in the faculty of social sciences one has to note/remember that reading is essential,…show more content…
Critical thinking is not based only on knowledge but also skill, therefore critical thinking must be practiced and will be not be acquired overnight. Throughout the next three years of reading for my degree, many nights and days will be spent studying. To study, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2015) is the activity or process of learning about something by reading, memorizing attending school etc. When studying one has to learn to decipher meanings of key words according to the context it is used in as well as reading between the lines to figure out the context which a piece is written in. In order to succeed in university one has to keep on track with all class schedules. Studying for a degree International Relations requires a lot of reading and reading from multiple sources. Therefore, while studying, synthesizing the information must take place. Synthesizing is the process in which one uses various sources, prior knowledge and critical thinking skills to compare and contrast the sources that have been read. As stated in the aforementioned sentence critical thinking is needed for synthesizing the material that is being read. Therefore when studying a set of critical thinking skills are actively needed. Studying and keeping abreast with current affairs and information on a world wide scale will be a catalyst in succeeding in
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