The tentative results show that, with regards to critical thinking, tutors are primarily concerned with students’ ability to clarify central questions, define key terms, and question important assumptions within the writing of their tutorial essays. Participating tutors seem less focused on students’ approach to evaluating important intellectual treatises or constructs, with the manner in which they understand and learn new ideas, or with their development of intellectual traits of mind, all of which tutors seemed to believe would develop naturally.
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Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Someone with critical thinking skills is able to do the following :
Critical thinking is not a matter of accumulating information. A person with a good memory and who knows a lot of facts is not necessarily good at critical thinking. A critical thinker is able to deduce consequences from what he knows, and he knows how to make use of information to solve problems, and to seek relevant sources of information to inform himself.