About the Course
Critical Thinking is a very important life skill. It does not come naturally.
At work, in education or in our personal lives, life unrelentingly requires decisions to be made. We then live with the consequences of those decisions. Decision making calls for the ability to reason correctly, evaluate options and evidence critically. These are the skills you acquire when you learn Critical Thinking.
Students are tested for their Critical Thinking ability all the time. All Competitive exams have sections that generally test Critical Thinking - and in specific logical reasoning capabilities. Tests also have sections on Analytical writing which is a test of Critical Thinking and analytical writing skills. Student's Critical Thinking skills are explicitly under scrutiny during Personal Interviews and Group Discussions.
A Formal study of Critical Thinking - what do you learn in the workshop?
Critical Thinking has two important elements that will be taught and discussed in the workshop:
Critical Thinking frameworks: Explicit use of a framework ensures that the issue or problem is examined from different perspectives and that conclusions are drawn only after all relevant factors are proactively thought of and considered. We introduce a Critical Thinking framework.
Logical Reasoning : We will cover Inductive and deductive arguments and Casual explanations. In addition we discuss Rhetorical devices, fallacies, moral reasoning and evaluating credibility.
Evaluation of arguments: You will learn how to apply Logical reasoning and Critical Thinking frameworks to real life situations illustrated through two case studies presented in the workshop. You will also learn how to write argumentative essays.
Visual Thinking tools: You will be introduced to a couple of Visual Thinking tools that will help you get your ideas organized and present them in cogent essays.
Critical Thinking in Competitive Exams (GRE , GMAT, CAT etc)
Analytical writing section is a test of a students Critical Thinking and analytical writing abilities. For students to do well in this section, students who have learn logical reasoning as outlined above will find that they can methodically and easily develop their arguments and write cogent essays.
Questions on strengthening and weakening arguments are easily handled once you learn argument structure and different types of arguments as covered in the workshop.
Your ability to handle verbal reasoning questions improves substantially since training in Logical reasoning helps you break down any passage into claims and premises, and sharpens your ability to pinpoint issues.
You will find the Critical Reasoning and Analytical writing assignment of GMAT quite easy to handle. Your understanding of the different type s of logical reasoning, fallacies and the guidelines to writing argumentative essays will help you address these sections systematically.
SOP's, Analytical writing, Resumes : Knowledge of logical reasoning helps you construct sound arguments, and avoid the pitfalls of fallacies. Your reasoning skills help you in building a logical and cogent Statement of Purpose and other pieces of writing.
Critical Thinking at work and in life
Decision making: We are making decisions all the time : which courses to choose, which college to attend, which jobs to apply, what to do on the job, the daily decisions one makes on the job which are not technical in nature and several other choices. The only way to ensure that we make informed and good decisions is by applying sound Logical reasoning aka Critical Thinking.
A sound understanding of logical reasoning, coupled with the discipline of using a Critical Thinking framework to analyze issues or make decisions will ensure that you make decisions only after having factored in all the important variables and available information and evidence. You are also sensitized to assumptions, and identifying crucial information that is missing and necessary for the decision making.
Interviews and Group Discussions: Your knowledge of logical reasoning, structuring of strong arguments and different types of fallacies will help you make strong arguments in Group discussions and help in answering interview questions intelligently and with an ability of addressing questions and issues from different perspectives.
About the Workshop
The workshop will feature a combination of theory presented through PPT's, Brief exercises, and two short case studies. Alert students will reap rich dividends by way of deep learning of some very important concepts of building and evaluating arguments.
Topics CoveredCritical Thinking Framework
Structure of Arguments
A Structure for Writing a Argumentative Essays
Who should attendCollege Students doing their Under Graduation or Post Graduation in any subject.
What you need to bringNothing"
Key Takeaways1. Become Effective in Group Discussions, Personal Interviews by exercising Critical Thinking
2. Write well -reasoned analytical essays for GRE, GMAT and CAT
3. Use the generic Written Analysis structure for more effective communication (Essays, case studies, Debates Speeches)
4. Make more reasoned decisions independently
5. Learn how to apply Critical Thinking to any situation – academic, work or real life.
Learn how to reason logically and avoid falling prey to fallacies and bad reasoning.