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26 January 2024 - 26 January 2024

1:00PM - 2:00PM


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Critical thinking is an essential skill for your studies – but how do you do this effectively when reading? Find out how in this bite-sized academic skills session.

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Academic Skills support from the Library

Session description

Critical thinking is a vital skill you are expected to develop at university and is transferable to all careers. University tutors expect their students to demonstrate criticality in their reading, writing and seminars. This session offers practical strategies for active critical reading and provides you with a toolkit to help you engage in the process of advancing, supporting, modifying, and criticizing propositions through argument mapping. 

Learning outcomes

After attending this session, you will be able to: 

  • Recognise the importance of active critical reading at university
  • Engage in active critical reading by employing the SQ3R reading strategy in combination with argument mapping  
  • Visualise arguments through argument mapping 
  • Advance, support, modify, and criticize propositions through argument mapping.

Who is this workshop for?

This session is open to all students but may be especially useful to those who have had feedback from their tutors telling them to be more critical. This session is also beneficial for students wishing to develop their reading strategy and learn a new way to understand, dissect and critically engage with arguments. 


This session is delivered by an academic skills specialist from University Library and Collections. 

How to book

You can book your place for this session through Target Connect. (You will need to register to create an account the first time you access Target Connect.)

For details of all planned sessions being ran by Library and Collections as part of the Academic Skills Centre, visit the Academic Skills SharePoint Site.