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Critical Thinking: Evaluating What's Needed

Before you can start research or writing well, you have to understand what you're being asked to do :) Sounds simple? Many people don't do this well though...
by Nina Exner on 13 January 2011

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Transcript of Critical Thinking: Evaluating What's Needed

So, what do you want? Abilities. Demonstrated. "Interact Collaboratively with Others" Everyone has collaborated in teams or groups. Are you an athlete?
A member of the armed forces? Give an example of great teamwork. Practice explaining a great, successful group experience. Be sure to tie it back and say how
that exemplifies "interacting collaboratively." "Ability to communicate in writing." Assume everyone applying to the job can write. THE BEST. Think about an A paper you wrote. What made it an A?
How did you do it?
Did you interact with the professor?
Did you plan and outline?
Consider your steps. Now practice explaining those steps and how you would do them at work. PRACTICE EXPLAINING HOW YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED GREATNESS. "Ability to exercise judgement and discretion" First consider cleaning up any INdiscretions that would be easy to find. Yeah. THOSE Facebook photos. You know the type I mean. If you had them, delete them. Now, think of something clever or ethical you did. Maybe a time you saved the company money because of a good idea


Or think about a community you work with, at church or school.
Or an ethics class project. Practice talking about your thoughts and your good judgement. How do you know what's needed? Let's try an example. This is a job ad. You have to think.

REALLY think.

About what you're asked for. This is a research assignment. To prove you're great.
Great enough that they want you. And what do they want? Another example. So what do they want?

They tell you, if you read. Start with an outline based on the sections listed. Types of infections
Epidemiology
Pathogenesis
Host response
Treatment and prevention
Social and ethical implications If you are not 100% clear what ALL of the assignment sections mean... Find out. Be sure. Because if you're not? F. So check a dictionary. Or better yet, ask your professor! Believe it or not, s/he's paid to explain things. But NOT to give out good grades just because "I paid my tuition." But anyway, be SURE you understand those assignment outline sections. Or else! And then what? Make a checklist Of the requirements listed. Make sure you understand those too! But keep an eye on your outline and checklist. NOW you can write the paper. Try to get done early enough to double-check with your professor (or a TA). Because if you do it all the way you were told? Score. A. You have to show that you write well. Better. Nina Exner, evening services reference&instruction librarian.
F. D. Bluford Library at NC A&T.

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