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Critical thinking and reading

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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


Hour of Code

Gain an understanding of basic concepts in computing, coding, and information processing by participating in this year's Hour of Code

Tuesday 10 December 2019 11.00 - 12.00

PowerPoint 2016 - Further Skills

This session aims to give you a grounding in the use of PowerPoint for the production of presentations for lectures or demonstrations.

Tuesday 10 December 2019 14.00 - 16.00

Excel 2016 - Functions

This course builds on basic Excel knowledge. You will learn how to harness the power of formulas to unlock the mathematical power of Excel.

Wednesday 11 December 2019 10.00 - 12.30

Adobe Illustrator - Further Skills

This course is for those who have a basic understanding of Illustrator CC. It will also be useful for other recent versions of Illustrator.

Thursday 12 December 2019 10.00 - 12.00

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