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Inquiry (Video)

Throughout life, you’ll encounter situations to evaluate and problems to solve. These situations may be academic, professional, and even personal.

When you first approach your problem or situation, you might be hoping to find a straight, easy path to the solution. This almost never happens! Don’t despair—there’s another tactic that will help you solve problems thoughtfully and effectively: using an inquiry-based mindset.

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Importance of Logical Reasoning (Video)

Logic helps us build or analyze an argument, and it helps us think critically about arguments, situations, and beliefs. It also helps us better understand sound arguments.

Watch the video below to understand why logic and good reasoning are important. It discusses the differences between logical and illogical reasoning, and gives you tools for being a logical thinker.

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Evidence-Based Reasoning (Video)

Research questions can be answered in a variety of ways. In considering what those answers may be, you must determine how to support each conclusion.

When you have a research question in mind and you want to find evidence that would answer it, you need to take some time to figure out what kinds of evidence best answer your question.

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QUIZ: Using Inquiry, Evidence, and Logic Quiz

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Why Thinking Matters (Video)

Our brains construct thoughts all the time. But typically we don’t pause to think about those thoughts and figure out why we form the ideas we have.

While not every thought that occurs to you needs to be analyzed, slowing down your thinking to carefully examine an issue can be crucial when making a critical decision or deepening your understanding of a complex issue.

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Introduction to Analysis (Video)

Our brains construct thoughts all the time. But typically we don’t pause to think about those thoughts and figure out why we form the ideas we have.

Analyzing information about the problem and then synthesizing what you learned is the most effective way to reach a solution based on solid evidence.

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Synthesis (Video)

With so much information out there about every topic under the sun, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

To make sense of how different types of information fit together, you need to synthesize them into a whole; in other words, as with puzzles, pull individual pieces of information together to create one integrated picture that makes sense of everything you’ve learned.

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QUIZ: Thinking Critically Quiz

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