Writing Response: Week 3, Task 2

OPTION B

Pages 45-50: Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato, and Philippa Bright. ‘’Critical Thinking.’’ Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1999. 45-61. Print.

Comprehension: 

Explain what you think about what they say? What do you understand that you did not know before, what else would you add to what they say?

After reading this text I now understand the importance of critical thinking at university and the benefits of asking the tough questions. To become a successful learner you mustn’t take things for granted or choose the safe and easy options, it is all about pushing the boundaries and thinking outside the box. I agree with the point the authors made about how students can feel like they are at university to memorize facts. I feel passionate that students should experience a range of learning activities to benefit their knowledge, i.e. mixing lectures with practical, hands-on activities. (Wallace, Schirato, Bright 46).

The Author’s Voice:

Consider the voices in the text you have just read. 

The author’s tone sounds relatable and understanding. However, at times, the author’s tone also sounds passionate, particularly when they discuss how they disagree with some exercises and activities that Universities assign to students. Common pronouns used include you, your, and they. These pronouns make the text more relatable and personal for readers who are currently at university. The author’s have positioned themselves to make the reader reflect on their current study methods and their ways of learning. I found this text easy to understand as the topic was very relatable as I have just begun my first year at university. (Wallace, Schirato, Bright 46).

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