At university, it's not enough just to learn facts and regurgitate them back in exams; you are expected to be critical in both your writing and your reading: this is the art of critical analysis, and many students struggle with it. This topic will introduce you to the basics of critical analysis, including the subtle, but important, differences between describing and discussing, how to construct an argument, and the questions you should ask when you are reading. Critical analysis is what attracts the big marks at uni, so it's worth getting to grips with.
This topic is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate uni students wanting to improve their critical analysis skills.
Each page in this topic will take 10-20 minutes to complete, so if you work through the whole topic it will take you about 2 hours to complete. You can use the topic navigation box to jump to the pages that will be most helpful to you, or you can start at the beginning and work through the whole topic - it's entirely up to you.
You don't need any prior knowledge to do this topic.
For some of the activities in this topic, you'll need a pen and paper.