Assignment: Critical Thinking Skills

Option 1

Objective

  • Assess your basic understanding of the skills involved in critical thinking.

Directions

  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. 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? Write a paragraph summarizing and analyzing your results.

Option 2

Objective

  • Apply critical thinking strategies to your life

Directions

  1. Think about someone you consider to be a critical thinker (friend, professor, historical figure, etc). What qualities does he/she have?
  2. Review some of the critical thinking strategies discussed on this page. Pick one strategy that makes sense to you. How can you apply this critical thinking technique to your academic work?
  3. Habits of mind are attitudes and beliefs that influence how you approach the world (i.e., inquiring attitude, open mind, respect for truth, etc). What is one habit of mind you would like to actively develop over the next year? How will you develop a daily practice to cultivate this habit?
  4. Write your responses in journal form.