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Critical Thinking at University: An Introduction

  • Categories Study Skills
  • Duration 20h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update November 17, 2023

About Course

University of Leeds


Make sure you have the critical thinking skills required for university

Critical thinking is a vital skill at university and later in life. University study introduces you to new concepts, ways of learning and requires you to think critically. You need to know how to question information sources and how to evaluate different arguments.

Despite critical thinking being so important, students are often unprepared when they start their studies. This course will show you what critical thinking skills you need at university level, how they can be applied to different disciplines and how to use practical strategies to develop these skills for a successful academic life.

Who will you learn with?

Michelle Schneider

Michelle Schneider



Michelle is an experienced learning developer, and an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner. Michelle is passionate about developing the academic skills and literacies of all students.

Jiani Liu

Jiani Liu

Hi, I’m Jiani, a learning developer and a Fellow of HEA from Skills@Library, University of Leeds. My passion is to help students develop their academic and information skills to succeed at university.


Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.


What Will I Learn?

  • Reflect on your approach and ability to think critically
  • Explain what thinking critically means at university
  • Identify potential challenges to thinking critically at university
  • Develop strategies to improve your critical thinking skills

Topics for this course

10 Lessons20h


Welcome to Critical Thinking at University: An Introduction. This course explores what critical thinking means at university and how to think more critically.
Welcome to the course ARTICLE

What is critical thinking??

This activity seeks to establish what you currently know about critical thinking through an initial reflection. You will then be introduced to what critical thinking is and understand how it can help in our everyday lives.

A model for critical thinking?

In this activity, you will be introduced to the Learnhigher critical thinking model. This will help you to develop a more systematic and analytical approach to your studies so you can develop your critical thinking skills.

Why is critical thinking important at university??

This activity explains why thinking critically at university is important and offers examples of critical thinking skills at different levels of study. You will also hear from academics and students about their experiences.


This activity offers a summary of this week's learning and a glossary of terms.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for anyone preparing to study at university level or for current university students. You may be an undergraduate or a new taught postgraduate student who might be unfamiliar with studying in the UK. If you want to have a successful academic life, this course will give you the foundations whatever your discipline at university.