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Extending and developing your thinking skills
Diagrams, mind-maps, tables, graphs, time lines, flow charts, sequence diagrams, decision trees: all can be used to organise thought. This free course, Extending and developing your thinking skills, will introduce you to a variety of thinking skills. Asking and answering questions is at the heart of high-quality thinking. Questions naturally arise from the desire to know and learn about things and may be the starting point for a journey of understanding.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- feel more confident about studying
- understand any grades received and how to improve them
- overcome problems with reading and writing
- make the most of the opportunities a higher education course provides for developing skills
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Overview
- 2 Understanding the importance of thinking skills
- 3 Different kinds of thinking
- 4 A thinking disposition and the process of development
- 5 Other people
- 6 Questions
- 7 Giving structure to thinking
- 8 Analysis, argument and critical thinking
- 9 Putting it all together
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6 hours study
Level 1: Introductory
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