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As students, we all have heard the term 'critical thinking' at some point or another, but I think the question really is, do we understand what it is and how it affects us every day? Indeed, I have seen many different ways that critical thinking can be used every day and not just in our academic papers or assignments.  But before getting to those everyday encounters with critical thinking, I think it is only fitting to define what critical thinking is. According to UniLearning, critical thinking is as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generalized by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning or communication as a guide to belief or action (UniLearning). Critical thinkers ask basic questions like: So what? Here the idea is to ask questions about the evidence or claims one is presented... read more

Try brain teasers like Soduko, crossword puzzles, Scrabble or Words with Friends, chess, etc Nothing helps an idle mind like a good game of Scrabble. By simply playing these types of games, one can stretch their mental muscles. In the process of playing the game, the learner will not only have fun but also get practice focusing or concentrating, something that is highly important to one's academic success. Read some books, blogs, or magazines that are fun and interesting, don't worry, it doesn't have to be Plato or Shakespere Why not pick up People magazine or check out one of your friend's blogs while you have some time off? By reading different types of material that you find interesting, you will be improving your reading and vocabulary skills and having a good time simultaneously. Look up and use a new vocabulary word everyday I know what you are thinking, but this could be fun, trust me. Learning new words can help stretch... read more

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