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7 Steps to Master Critical Thinking

Master critical thinking through this 7-step method
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Apexity by Apex Hatchers
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Develop structured problem-solving techniques including using fishbone diagrams, 5 Whys analysis, and asking probing questions
Learn objective analysis skills to break down arguments, identify assumptions, check for biases and logical fallacies, and map out interconnections
Master pragmatic decision-making frameworks to evaluate alternatives and anticipate outcomes
Gain implementation, evaluation, and iteration skills for continuous improvement using Gnatt charts and breakdown structures

Develop your critical thinking skills with this comprehensive 7-step framework. The course provides structured techniques to master critical analysis and evaluation across diverse contexts. Learn to clearly define problems, gather comprehensive information, conduct in-depth analysis, develop optimal solutions, plan robust implementation, evaluate impact and outcomes, and iterate for continuous improvement.

The first steps cover clarifying problems through fishbone diagrams and asking probing questions. Next, gather wide-ranging information from surveys, interviews, and analytics while validating sources and relevance. Analyze information by breaking down arguments, checking for fallacies and biases, and mapping assumptions. Brainstorm solutions and use decision matrices to weigh alternatives. Plan implementation through work breakdown structures, Gantt charts, and scenario analysis. Evaluate impact with comparative analysis, feedback surveys, and SWOT analysis. Finally, reflect on lessons learned and create ongoing iteration mechanisms.

Throughout the course, you will gain skills in assumption evaluation, bias mitigation, argument analysis, diverse perspective-taking, anticipating outcomes, decision-making under uncertainty, and structural problem-solving. Become an incisive thinker able to develop solutions and strategies aligned to complex challenges. Join this complete critical thinking course to gain essential skills for professional and personal success. Enroll for this course if you are looking for an extensive model that covers all aspects of critical thinking.

Welcome to this course!

1
Introduction to the Course
2
Disclaimer

Introduction to Critical Thinking

1
What is Critical Thinking?
2
Multiple Choice Question
3
Why is Critical Thinking Important?

Step 1: Clarify

1
Why is it Important to Clarify?
2
Technique: Fishbone Diagram
3
Technique: 5 Whys Technique
4
Questioning for Clarification
5
Socratic Questioning
6
Module Quiz

Step 2: Gather Information

1
Identifying Sources
2
Evaluating Credibility
3
Surveys & Questionnaires
4
Interviews
5
Observational Studies
6
Data Mining and Analytics
7
Example

Step 3: Analyze Information

1
Understanding an Argument
2
Multiple Choice Question
3
How to Evaluate the Validity of an Argument
4
How to Evaluate the Reliability of an Argument
5
Recognise Assumptions and Learn Assumption Mapping
6
Understanding Cognitive Biases
7
Module Quiz
8
How Cognitive Biases can lead to Poor Decision-Making
9
How to Identify and Avoid Common Cognitive Biases
10
Understanding Logical Fallacies + Types of Logical Fallacies
11
Recognizing Logical Fallacies in Arguments
12
Spotting and Refuting Logical Fallacies
13
Module Test

As this is an important module, an additional test is added for better learning.

Step 4: Develop Solutions

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Brainstorming and Types of Brainstorming
2
Mind Mapping
3
Reverse Brainstorming
4
Checking for Idea Feasibility
5
Defining the Criteria for Evaluation
6
Using Weighting Criteria
7
Using the Decision Matrix

Step 5: Implement Solutions

1
Creating a Work-Breakdown Plan
2
Example of a Work-Breakdown Plan
3
Learning how to Correctly use a Gnatt Chart
4
Essentials to Follow for Carrying Out the Plan Successfully
5
Understanding Scenario Planning

Step 6: Evaluate Solutions

1
Assessing the Effectiveness of your Solution
2
SWOT Analysis + Example of SWOT Analysis
3
Deeper Dive into Scenario Planning
4
Scenario Analysis
5
Example of Scenario Analysis
6
Checking if the Impact Aligns with Goals

Step 7: Reflect & Reiterate

1
Review What has Worked & Best Practices
2
Implementing an Iterative Process to Enhance Critical Thinking
3
Learning Management Systems & Lessons Learned
4
Module Quiz

Master Critical Thinker

1
Overview & Summary
2
Final Evaluation

The final test for reviewing your learnings and skills throughout the course! Use this as a powerful evaluation to build your critical thinking muscle further.

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