Writing critically includes most of the elements of reading critically. Try to clarify your line of reasoning as early in the writing stage as you can. This is a question of taking the time to plan and critically evaluate what you have read and your own ideas. This can be referred to as 'elaborating the problem'.
- Be clear about your conclusions,
- Have a clear line of reasoning:
- Writing drafts can help refine your thinking
- Work to a writing plan with a logical order
- Consider how you will link ideas and evidence, for example by using a range of words and phrases
- Keep your argument clear - select the points that best support your argument and signpost them clearly
- Use evidence to support your reasoning,
- Evaluate your own writing through critical thinking,
- Take multiple perspectives.
(adapted from: COTTRELL, Stella. 2008. The Study Skills Handbook. 3rd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.)
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