Critical Thinking 02.10.13

We think so because other people all think so; or because – or because – after all we do think so; or because we were told so, and think we must think so; or because we once thought so, and think we still think so; or because, having thought so, we think we will think so…

~ Henry Sidgwick

(http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/quotable-quotes/752)

The Thinker

From this lecture, I learnt that it is hard to think about thinking.
It seems so instinctual, unlike critical thinking which has so many different things to consider.

Clarity. Accuracy. Precision. Relevance. Depth. Breadth. Logic. Fairness.

What do all these mean? How do they apply to my opinion on something?

Critical Thinking is extremely useful and will become more and more prominent as my course progresses.
I will start to question my own points of view, and by default my peers and lecturers.
DEBATE! but also learn to see things from other people’s perspectives.

It applies to all areas of our lives..
Should I buy that pair of shoes?  . . . ??   How much are they? . . . WHO CARES!   Do I really need them? . . . . YES!

A valuable lesson learnt.

Becoming a reflective practitioner 09.10.12

My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what  we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader,  but as a reflection of us all.
– John Lennon

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnlennon167340.html#tsbjLEu5re6bhh7S.99

John Lennon

One of the main purposes of this blog is to document and reflect on our journey through university life.
To think about the lectures and valuable lessons we learn along the way and take actions to put them into practice.

I need to become a reflective practitioner in order to become more self aware and efficient in myself and my work.

I must reflect on the world around me, on my actions and my experiences.

The art of reflection will become prominent in my academic writing, I will use it to help write essays, assignments and even in this blog. It will further my understanding of myself and others in order to improve and progress.

On a different note, good writing comes from good reading.
Good reading will expand my knowledge and make my reflections deeper in meaning and enable me to think on others views and ideas so that I can explore, debate and draw on them in my writing.

Improving students internet research skills for academic assignments  16.10.13

Online Research

Wasting time online is a bad habit of mine!

Everytime I need to research something or gather information together especially for my course, I get easily distracted. Pop ups, adverts, messages, videos all buzzing and pinging away! A moments peace would be great!

We live in a world of constant distractions and stimulation which can become overwhelming and make you loose focus.
I often find myself drifting off and exploring into something irrelevant to my initial research objective – not good!

Today I have discovered some extremely helpful websites to help me focus and keep on task when trying to research for my studies online.

http://keepmeout.com/en/ is very useful for blocking out sites and notifying you of your usage, one i will definitely make use of…

https://www.diigo.com/

A brilliant tool for bookmarking and saving websites. This will help me focus and keep things all in one place, to save me from endlessly searching over and over for site i use regularly. Also it is accessable from any computer..  SO USEFUL!

By using both of these tools, I am sure my research skills will continue to progress and my procrastination levels to decrease…. easier said than done! (Insert self control and will power here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 responses »

  1. Hi Amy, I loved John Lennon’s quote.. I’ve noticed you’ve written down where you took it from… =) We’ll learn next week how to reference and then you can go back to the post and reference it correctly, but well done for now! =)

    Dani,

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