Student Life – Critical thinking

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Student Life – Critical thinking

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Ruth is studying for a degree in Humanities, so she needs to read a lot. Find out how she has learned to be more critical in her studies in this episode of our Student Life series - part of our 'Go The Distance' course, giving you the skills and knowledge you need to be a top-class distance learner! For more information about academic know-how, English language and study skills for distance learners, visit us at http-// To find out more about our partner, The Open University, go to http-//

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I started kickboxing when I was nine years old.

I’ve won some British titles, some European titles, I won a world title in Greece.

I went through a stage of competing almost every weekend somewhere different around the country, which has been such an amazing experience.

I did a year at college and I just got a little bit fed up, because I thought, “I want to be out there doing something.”

It felt like I’d spent too much time at school then.

My brother really, was really keen on opening a martial arts gym.

So, we opened a martial arts gym and I was teaching there full time.

I really got the buzz out of teaching someone something new and seeing people improve, and then I got to a stage where I thought, “I want to be teaching people, but in a different setting, and I’m going to follow my childhood dream of becoming a teacher.”

I work in a secondary school as a cover supervisor. Some days it might be maths, English, science, geography: it could be any subject, any age, any class.

So, it’s really nice because I get a huge variety of students to work with, different teachers to work with as well, and I learn lots as well.

I take home so much. Well, I’ve lots of responsibilities: I work five days a week at the school.

When I get home from school, I have something to eat; then it’s all the study books that come out.

So, it’s really, I’m working every single day, in the evenings, on my assignments, and then over the weekends as well.

I also enjoy lots of different hobbies, being outdoors, and I’ve got a partner, which is also - a relationship, it’s something else you need to weigh up.

So it is a lot of different things going on, but you only live once, so I think, “Do as many things as I can.”

This is my fourth year with distance learning studying. I’m studying for a BA Honours in humanities.

Half is English language and half is religious studies. I’ve had a really positive experience.

And every year I see myself improving. I had no idea what critical thinking was.

Everything I read I just thought, “Oh, that must be right,” but now I know that I can challenge it, and that as long as I’ve got evidence or even my own opinion, they’re not always right.

Writing critically was difficult at the start. There was an online activity about critical understanding, where you had different sections of different peoples’ work and you had to look at critiques: look at ideas that were against them, ideas that were for them, and you worked your way through this online activity.

And I found that really, really useful. There were activities where you had to pick out the key words that you had to use, and I literally followed it step by step.

There was a lot of hedging, it’s called, where you say, “So and so suggests,” or things like that, so they’re always the good words to look out for.

And then obviously you’ve got the “howevers,” which are looking at the other side of the argument as well.

I would definitely say that my critical thinking skills are really useful within life generally.

Now I feel critical about anything I read, anything I see.

I use critical thinking a lot at work, especially working with students and children as well.

And I always say to them that it’s so important to have an opinion on anything they read and anything they watch.

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