Monday, March 30, 2015

Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is an essential skill necessary to student success. However, critical thinking is an ability that is learned and continuously refined as you acquire new information.

It is important to learn how to develop your critical thinking skills to be able to problem-solve, develop original ideas, question assumptions, and evaluate decisions, among other critical competencies.

Critical thinking involves the process of how you think versus what you think about. Additionally, critical thinking fosters personal and intellectual growth by helping us identify the weaknesses in our own thinking and encourages the acceptance of innovative thoughts and, even opposing beliefs to our own, if supported with credible evidence.

This YouTube video illustrates how to develop critical thinking skills and why they are important. 

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.