Writing Tips & Tricks
Critical thinking cannot be taught overnight, but writing is certainly the way to achieve it. Once writers have mastered the basics of organization, they can begin to expand their ideas and build their analysis. The best way to do this is with daily practice. Writing is less of a traditional "subject" to be studied and more of a skill to be developed. Just like other skills, writing has to be practiced. If you want to learn to play the violin or the piano, the best way to improve is with daily practice.
Children are all born with a natural sense of curiosity -- think of how many times a day 4 and 5 year olds ask, WHY. By the time we reach our teens, we have developed some fairly firm opinions about the world. The student who regularly articulates those opinions in writing will have a much firmer grasp on how to take a problem apart and logically draw conclusions.
By the time, students are in high school and college, teachers evaluate their progress and their comprehension of the material by asking them to write essays demonstrating what they have learned. Critical thinking is a skill that is necessary in almost every discipline. A firm foundation in writing is the most effective way to develop this skill.
Individualized tutoring is the ideal way to develop critical thinking abilities. Students get personalized, immediate feedback, enabling them to explore possibilities and test their understanding. For more info on developing critical thinking skills, feel free to email me: Holly@TheWritingTutor.com