Studying in HE - University of Brighton

Report
Study Skills Workshops
2014
Essays & Assignments:
Critical Analysis
Session Outline
• What is critical analysis and why is it
important?
• What’s the difference between descriptive
and critical/analytical writing?
• How do you write critically?
• Top tips and useful resources
What does the term 'critical analysis'
mean?
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Being negative and over opinionated
Weighing up the arguments for and against
Trying to find fault
Forming your own judgement
Carefully and objectively considering the evidence
Describing a problem
Showing an element of original thought
http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/careers/ld/resources/study/critical-student
Critical analysis: why is it
important?
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Not just regurgitating facts
Advancing boundaries of knowledge
Provides work with academic rigour
Your opportunity to offer your own
perspective
Developing Critical Thinking
When you read:
• What is the main argument?
• Where is the evidence?
• Is there a hidden agenda?
• Are referenced sources reliable?
• Is there any bias?
• What are the conclusions?
What is the difference
between descriptive
writing and
critical/analytical
writing?
How to think and write critically...
Critical Writing Checklist
• Have you reproduced your lecturer’s words or examples?
• Have you copied information from a textbook?
• Have you used too many quotes? (More than three per A4 page, for
example)
• Have you allowed a quote to make your point?
If yes to any of the above:
• Use your own words to paraphrase rather than over quote
• Expand on the idea that the quote provides (discuss, link, question,
compare, provide examples)
• Make sure your own voice can be heard throughout your writing
Gillett, A., Hammond, A. and Martala, M. (2009). Successful Academic Writing. Harlow: Pearson
Education, p 99
Top Tips for Critical Analysis
Check out the University of Reading’s study skills
website for top tips on critical analysis:
http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/studyadvice/S
tudyResources/Essays/sta-developessay.aspx
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Avoid unnecessary description
Interpret your evidence
Be specific
Use counter-arguments to your advantage
References
• ASK website: http://student.brighton.ac.uk/ask/
• Learn Higher website:
http://learnhigher.ac.uk/Students/Criticalthinking-and-reflection.html
• University of Reading website:
http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/studyadvice/
• Gillett, A., Hammond, A. and Martala, M. (2009).
Successful Academic Writing. Harlow: Pearson
Education,

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