Beginning University – Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success
This piece is extracted from a book aimed at first year university students . What I learnt from this piece is that it is important to be able to develop skills and have the ability to think critically(45). When going through university it is important to always want to better yourself. I now understand that it is important to examine others arguments when put forward, as this will help with my learning and understand reasoning (46). I would add that it is important to take other peoples point of view, as this can aid becoming a better critical thinker.
The tone used through out this text is formal and knowledgeable, the authors have thought carefully when wording and voicing the text. The pronouns used are ‘you’ and ‘we’, suggesting that this text is directed at yourself or a group of people. The authors position is in a place of authority, they understand the concept of critical thinking and are trying to help the audience understand as well, giving an authoritative voice.
The text was easy to read because of the use of bullet points, outlining of main points/ideas and using examples. My response to the text is one of curiosity and overall I enjoyed the text because it helped me to understand other opinions are important when bettering myself as a critical thinker.
(Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato, and Phillipa Bright. “Critical Thinking.” Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1999. 45-50. Print.)