Want to improve your critical analysis skills? Anne shows you how.
and why do I need it?
During your time at university you will often be asked to critically analyse things – in your reading and writing, in essay titles, assignment instructions and exam questions.
Also, when your assignment is marked your tutor might comment that your work is “too descriptive” or that “there isn’t enough critical analysis”.
What does it all mean?
Descriptive writing is simply describing a situation or summarising what you have read.
Critical analysis shows that you have examined the evidence, understood the arguments and analysed the conclusions – and can discuss these in your own writing.
You need to use both. If you are discussing a book, article or report you will need to provide some description of what it is about before you can analyse it, but the critical or analytical element of your writing is more important.
Because the ability to show that you can identify arguments, clearly analyse, evaluate and compare ideas, and synthesise the information to support your own arguments shows that you have learnt something.
This what your tutors want to see!
Unsurprisingly, the better your skills are, the better your grades will be.
Want to learn more?
This e-Learning will introduce you to critical analysis and help you to understand the difference between descriptive and critical writing.