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Studying Online: Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Regardless of whether you are studying on campus or online being able to think critically is very important. The resources below will give you some hints and tips on how to be critical of what you read and watch whilst studying.

Video - What is critical thinking?

Critical Thinking Form

A helpful guide to critical thinking from Plymouth University. 

Critical Thinking Resources

This Learn Higher site has lots of tips on critical thinking, including how to write a critical essay and what's the difference between description and critical analysis?

Critical Thinking

Based on the work of expert Stella Cottrell, international bestselling author of The Study Skills Handbook, this interactive resource will help you hone and develop your study skills at your own pace. Each module has been carefully designed so you can assess your current proficiency, track your progress, become more confident and get the most out of your course.

Please note that you will be required to log in to this resource using your BU login.

Critical Thinking

  • This workshop is most suitable for first year undergraduates however all students may benefit from it.
  • It covers - What is critical thinking. How to identify the skills required for critical thinking. Reading, listening and thinking critically.
  • 1 minute 40 seconds into this workshop video above, a youtube video is recommended. This is the correct link to open and view:

Critical thinking skills: Evaluating information - how to spot fake news

IFLA, 2020. How to spot fake news [online]. Netherlands: The International Federation of Library Associations. Available from: [Accessed 08/12/2020].

Useful Books

Video - Being a Critical Student

A short video from the University of Leicester on what it means to be a 'critical student'.

Video: Why can't I just use Google for my assignments?

This video - watch the first 1 minute 13 seconds - explains why you should use Library resources rather than relying on Google for researching for your assignments.

NMT Libraries, 2021. Why can't I just Google? [online]. Available from: [Accessed 12 April 2022].

The end of this video - minute 13 seconds onwards - promotes another academic library's resources and can be ignored by BU students and staff.

Critical Thinking Guide & Checklist

A guide to critical thinking from the University of Sussex, including short videos of students talking about what critical thinking means to them. 

A critical thinking checklist from the University of Sussex.