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5 tips to improve your critical thinking

Competency description

Critical Thinking and Problem solving are integral to becoming future ready. Your ability to verify accurate information, listen and ask good questions to separate fact from opinion are all important -- they help prepare you to think independently and purposefully. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving is your ability to objectively analyze and evaluate the root cause of a problem to form the most viable solution. 

Competency outcomes

  • Assess the situation and identify the problem 
  • Ask questions and seek different points of view to gain a deeper understanding of the problem being examined 
  • Interpret information collected from a variety of sources (including charts, graphs, numerical, etc.) 
  • Explain rationale for selected solution enabling others to understand and evaluate them 
  • Evaluate possible solutions weighing the pros and cons 
  • Synthesize relevant information from different sources to help understand the problem, root causes and underlying assumptions 

Learning activities

It is important to recognize that most people like to solve problems quickly and efficiently but do so without fully getting a deeper understanding.  Using the 5 Whys of Critical thinking not only helps solve the problem but it gets to a deeper understanding and the root cause of the problem.              

Everyone can come up with ideas at some point or another but it is important to learn that specific ideas need to be cultivated to achieve the intended vision.  

Sometimes it is difficult to work through challenges but using the Foursight Model for creative problem solving can help breakdown the problem to the most creative solution. 

In this book, you will learn what is means to use critical thinking in order to devise solutions to problems by focusing on being; fair and open- minded, active and informed, sceptical, and independent.   

The Critical Thinking Process can be developed with the use of proven and successful thinking tools such as The Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono. This tool can be used for a variety of purposes to explore an issue/topic from different perspectives or to solve a problem.