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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


Excel 2016 - Pivot Tables

This course builds on basic Excel knowledge. You will learn to use pivot tables and pivot charts to present and manipulate data.

Monday 22 July 2019 14.00 - 15.30

Excel 2016 - Functions

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Thursday 25 July 2019 10.00 - 12.30

Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 – Getting Started

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Friday 26 July 2019 14.00 - 16.00

Webinar for Masters students: Editing your dissertation

The Skills Team offer top tips for clarifying arguments, improving styles and optimising word count so you can produce a well-structured dissertation.

Tuesday 30 July 2019 11.00 - 11.30

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