Try It: Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Journal Entry

To Do

  1. Visit the Quia Critical Thinking Quiz page and click on Start Now (you don’t need to enter your name). Select the best answer for each question, and then click on Submit Answers. A score of 70 percent or better on this quiz is considering passing.
  2. Write a 200-400 word reflection on this activity.  Based on the content of the questions, do you feel you use good critical thinking strategies in college? In what ways might you improve as a critical thinker?

Worked Example

Journal entry assignments tend to be more flexible than other types of writing assignments in college, and as a result they can be tailored to your own experiences as long as they answer the primary questions asked in the assignment.

One model of a successful entry about this topic can be found below. Feel free to include your own experiences and examples from real life as they pertain to the issue at hand.

Critical Thinking Journal Entry

by Sandy Brown

The thing I like about critical thinking is that is applies to everything. If you get better at using critical thinking in school, that means other things in life get easier, as well (at least that’s what I hope is true).

I didn’t do so great on the critical thinking quiz. I got a 50% the first time, but I think I would have done better if I had understood the questions more clearly. Question #9, the one about having autonomy, I got wrong because I thought it was saying it was important, rather than it wasn’t. Now that I think about it, I guess that’s an example of where I could be a better critical thinker—I could take the time to read these questions more closely, and be sure that my answer makes sense to what the question actually asks, rather than what I think it asks.

I was happy with parts of this, though. There were a couple of questions about fair-mindedness, and I got both those right, even though I didn’t remember seeing the words “fair-mindedness” in the textbook. That phrase makes a lot more sense to me than “first order” and “second order” thinking.

For me, I think that I’m a better thinker when I’m not in a rush. I tend to panic when I take tests, and then I answer questions too quickly. For things that don’t have a timer, like homework or out-of-class assignments, I tend to do a lot better because I can take as long as I need to figure out what exactly I’m supposed to do. So I guess one way to improve my critical thinking skills would be to practice going slower for timed tests, and giving myself time to check my answers before turning something in. I don’t want to make mistakes like the one I did on this quiz, when it counts against my actual grade.