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Critical thinking and reading

Critical thinking and reading are processes that take time to develop. When you start a new topic, you need basic information to understand it. Ask simple questions: What/When/Who/Where?

As you start to understand the topic, ask more in-depth questions: Why/How/What if/So what/What next?

You are starting to analyse and evaluate what you reading. To get to grips with critical reading, effective note-making strategies, and evaluating arguments, use the drop-down menu on the left.

For a free introductory critical thinking course, go to Future Learn.

 

See also Critically evaluating information

Events

Academic Skills drop-in

Get support from the academic skills team to develop the skills needed for university. Drop by for a chat or bring specific questions.

Wednesday 23 January 2019 14.00 - 16.00

Academic Skills drop-in

Get support from the academic skills team to develop the skills needed for university. Drop by for a chat or bring specific questions

Tuesday 29 January 2019 10.30 - 12.30

Academic Skills drop-in

Get support from the academic skills team to develop skills you need for university. Drop by for a chat or bring specific questions.

Wednesday 30 January 2019 14.00 - 16.00

Time management - undergraduates

Learn how to manage your time, avoid procrastination and motivate yourself.

Tuesday 5 February 2019 11.00 - 12.15

Tools for writing

Find out how to use the Alex Essay Writing Tool to help you write your essays

Tuesday 5 February 2019 11.00 - 11.45

Critical thinking skills – Masters

Develop your own voice as a writer by becoming a more critical thinker and reader.

Wednesday 6 February 2019 15.00 - 16.15

Effective note-making - undergraduates

Learn techniques to enhance your skills for a task you do every day at Sussex: note-making.

Thursday 7 February 2019 14.00 - 15.15

Time management - Masters

Learn how to manage your time, avoid procrastination and motivate yourself.

Monday 11 February 2019 15.00 - 16.15

How to get LinkedIn

Use LinkedIn to research career ideas, expand your employability network, connect with employers and get noticed by recruiters

Tuesday 12 February 2019 11.00 - 11.45

Critical thinking skills – undergraduates

Develop your own voice as a writer by becoming a more critical thinker and reader.

Wednesday 13 February 2019 14.00 - 15.15

Effective note-making - Masters

Learn techniques to enhance your skills for a task you do every day at Sussex: note-making.

Friday 15 February 2019 11.00 - 12.15

Presentations: Planning and structure – undergraduates

Learn new strategies for planning and structuring your presentations.

Tuesday 19 February 2019 11.00 - 12.15

Essay writing: Planning and structure – Masters

Learn how to plan and structure your essay, and how to write well-formed paragraphs.

Wednesday 20 February 2019 15.30 - 16.45

Working on my dissertation – undergraduates

This session discusses what’s involved, how to plan your time and structure your dissertation.

Thursday 21 February 2019 14.00 - 15.30

Presentations: Planning and structure - Masters

Learn new strategies for planning and structuring your presentations.

Monday 25 February 2019 14.30 - 15.45

Creating a research poster using InDesign

Learn how to use Indesign to construct your research poster

Tuesday 26 February 2019 11.00 - 13.00

Essay writing: Planning and structure – undergraduates

Learn how to plan and structure your essay, and how to write well-formed paragraphs.

Tuesday 26 February 2019 14.00 - 15.15

Working on my Masters Dissertation

This session discusses what’s involved, how to plan your time and structure your dissertation.

Monday 4 March 2019 14.00 - 15.30

Create your own Augmented Reality experience

This session will provide an introduction to augmented reality for complete beginners, no previous knowledge or experience required.

Tuesday 5 March 2019 11.00 - 11.45

Essay writing: Developing a good argument - undergraduates

Come up with an argument and structure your essay to make sure your argument is clear.

Thursday 7 March 2019 14.00 - 15.15

Presentations: Becoming a confident speaker - undergraduates

Develop your presentation skills by becoming a more confident speaker.

Thursday 7 March 2019 15.45 - 17.00

Presentations: Becoming a confident speaker - Masters

Develop your presentation skills by becoming a more confident speaker.

Monday 11 March 2019 14.30 - 15.45

Essay writing: Developing a good argument – Masters

Improve your skills in forming an argument and structuring your writing to ensure clarity.

Thursday 14 March 2019 14.00 - 15.15

Essay Writing: Answering the question – Masters

Learn how to devise a suitable essay question and work out how to answer it most effectively.

Tuesday 19 March 2019 14.00 - 15.15

Essay writing: Introductions and conclusions – undergraduates

Learn how to write well-structured introductions and conclusions.

Wednesday 20 March 2019 15.30 - 16.45

Essay writing: Answering the question - undergraduates

Learn how to successfully unpick the question and work out how to answer it most effectively.

Wednesday 27 March 2019 14.00 - 15.15

Essay writing: Introductions and conclusions - Masters

Learn how to write well-structured introductions and conclusions.

Thursday 28 March 2019 11.00 - 12.15

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