CRT100: Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving

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Course Overview

This course introduces basic characteristics of being a successful college student, which include using critical and creative thinking processes as well as problem solving skills. Topics covered include:

  • Goal setting, motivation, and time management
  • Identifying learning styles
  • Critical and creative thinking as part of problem solving
  • Writing in college
  • Managing stress and anxiety

In weekly assignments, students engage in discussions and written assignments, demonstrating how they will incorporate these success factors into their college pursuits.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Outline educational goals and motivational factors needed to help achieve stated goals.
  • Identify his or her learning style and ways to maximize that style in courses.
  • Identify time management issues and use the SQ3R method for active reading to minimize time spent reading college texts.
  • Use critical thinking to distinguish facts from opinions and analyze arguments.
  • Employ a four-step problem solving process for managing time issues.
  • Evaluate outside sources and paraphrase sources for use in college writing assignments.
  • Assess stress levels associated with being a student and identify stress management techniques to employ.