Understanding critical thinking and problem solving

Being able to think critically and problem solve is very important. These are transferable skills which mean they are useful in many different situations such as at school, in the workplace or in day-to-day life experiences.

Critical thinking

Critical thinking involves questioning rather than simply accepting information that you hear or read.

It enables you to identify different points of view, put together arguments, and evaluate the arguments made by others.

Being able to think critically is an essential part of the problem solving process.

Problem solving

Problem solving is about using logic and imagination to make sense of a situation and to come up with an intelligent solution.

Problem solving can be thought of as a process.

Chart with problem solving steps; 1. Identify a problem 2. Collect information 3. Decide cause 4. Identify possible solutions 5. Select best solution 6. Plan solution 7. Run solution 8. Review.
The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.John Foster Dulles, Former US Secretary of State