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Critical thinking, reflection, reading and writing

All students need to develop their ability to think and reflect critically and provide critical analysis in their written work.  If you feel you need to develop in this area or have had feedback on your assignments asking you to be more critical, you can get one to one help from the Writing Development team  at the library or you could attend one of their workshops on Critical Writing, which will be advertised on the library webpage. In addition they have recorded many of their workshops, these workshops include critical thinking and writing critically.

The University Linkedin website also has lots of training resources relating to Critical thinking. 

Critical thinking model

Plymouth University has devised a critical thinking model to help you reflect and analyse a critical incident and how this can be used in your critical writing. This video shows the basics of the model:

Critical thinking and writing resources

There are a selection of books on the Writing Development webpage of the library to help you with critical thinking

Stella Cottrell, Critical Thinking Skills and and Kate Williams, Getting Critical are practical books that you can work through to improve your skills and gain confidence in this area. 

The University of Plymouth has created tips for writing a critical essay.

Critical reflection resources

A selection of articles and books to help you reflect critically on your practice: