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33. 5 tips to improve your critical thinking
Samantha Agoos
<4:15>   March 2016

 

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≪Questions:5 tips to improve your critical thinking≫

1. According to the speaker, why is it impossible to make a perfect choice every time?

(a) Because we are flooded with so many decisions every day.
(b) Because we sometimes have to make important decisions.
(c) Because some decisions are made by other people or factors.
(d) Because there is so much irrelevant information in the world.

 

  1. What is the effective technique that was introduced in the speech to improve our decision making?

  

 

3. Which of the following statements is not true about critical thinking?

(a) It can reveal hidden issues in a situation.
(b) It will make you scrutinize all available options.
(c) It should not be used for making important decisions because it is not perfect.
(d) It will help you solve any number of problems.

 

 

4. There are five tips to improving your critical thinking. Fill in the blanks.

Step 1:  (1)               your question

   You need to know

(2)                                           (5 words).

   → It is not always straight forward.

  It is sometimes hidden by other factors.

<Example Question>
Should I try the newest diet craze?

 I. Focus on what you are trying to

    (3)                                  .

  (i.e.) weight loss, better nutrition,

           having more energy, etc.

II. Find the information you need and

      decide if you are really going

      to try the newest diet.

 

Step 2:  (4)                   your

 information

 In order to do it appropriately,

you should have a clear idea

of your (5)                              .

<Example Question>
How can I improve my nutrition?

 I. You may ask an (6)               for advice.

II. You may look for other people’s

(7)                           .

*This process will help you weigh

different (8)                          .

 

Step 3:  (9)                   the information

Face your decision and ask the following questions to yourself.

(a) What concepts are at work?

(b) What assumptions exist?

(c) Is my interpretation of the information logically sound?

<Example Question>
Receiving an email that announces you have just won a million dollars.

You should consider:

(a) What is shaping my approach to
      this situation?

(b) Can I trust the sender?

(c) Is it logical to believe I have just
     won the money?

 

Step 4: consider the (10)                  

 <Example>
A political candidate promises
to make gasoline cheaper.

Ask yourself “What would be
the long-term (11)                     effects?”

→ It may encourage

    (12)                                   (2 words).

 

Step 5: explore other points of

(13)                           

<Example> The opposing politician seems to be supported by many people.

Explore the full spectrum of

(14)                               .

 → It may explain why some policies

     that you don’t think appealing are

     appealing to other people.

 → This will help you:

(a) explore (15)                 .

(b) evaluate your own (16)                   .

(c) make more (17)                     

     decisions.




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≪Answers:5 tips to improve your critical thinking≫

1. According to the speaker, why is it impossible to make a perfect choice every time?

(a) Because we are flooded with so many decisions every day.
(b) Because we sometimes have to make important decisions.
(c) Because some decisions are made by other people or factors.
(d) Because there is so much irrelevant information in the world.

 

2. What is the effective technique that was introduced in the speech to improve our decision making?
critical thinking

 

3. Which of the following statements is not true about critical thinking?

(a) It can reveal hidden issues in a situation.
(b) It will make you scrutinize all available options.
(c) It should not be used for making important decisions because it is not perfect.
(d) It will help you solve any number of problems.

 

4. There are five tips to improving your critical thinking. Fill in the blanks.

Step 1:  (1)   formulate    your question

   You need to know

(2)   what you are looking for    (5 words).

   → It is not always straight forward.

  It is sometimes hidden by other factors.

<Example Question>
Should I try the newest diet craze?

 I. Focus on what you are trying to

    (3)    accomplish     .

  (i.e.) weight loss, better nutrition,

           having more energy, etc.

II. Find the information you need and

      decide if you are really going

      to try the newest diet.

 

Step 2:  (4)   gather   your

 information

 In order to do it appropriately,

you should have a clear idea

of your (5)  question   .

<Example Question>
How can I improve my nutrition?

 I. You may ask an (6)  expert  for advice.

II. You may look for other people’s

(7)  testimonies   .

*This process will help you weigh

different (8)  options  .

 

Step 3:  (9)   apply    the information

Face your decision and ask the following questions to yourself.

(a) What concepts are at work?

(b) What assumptions exist?

(c) Is my interpretation of the information logically sound?

<Example Question>
Receiving an email that announces you have just won a million dollars.

You should consider:

(a) What is shaping my approach to
      this situation?

(b) Can I trust the sender?

(c) Is it logical to believe I have just
     won the money?

 

Step 4: consider the (10)  implications   

 <Example>
A political candidate promises
to make gasoline cheaper.

Ask yourself “What would be the

long-term (11) environmental  effects?”

→ It may encourage

    (12)  air pollution   (2 words).

 

Step 5: explore other points of

(13)  view    

<Example> The opposing politician seems to be supported by many people.

Explore the full spectrum of

(14)  viewpoints  .

 → It may explain why some policies

     that you don’t think appealing are

     appealing to other people.

 → This will help you:

(a) explore (15)  alternatives  .

(b) evaluate your own (16)  choices  .

(c) make more (17)  informed   

     decisions.

 

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