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Week 2 Lectures - Critical Thinking and Logic Setting and...

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Critical Thinking and Logic Setting and Achieving Goals Common Logical Fallacies Logic and Values Setting and Achieving Goals In Week 1, we learned how to navigate the course site and how to be successful. Now, we will explore critical thinking and how to ask relevant questions to help us make better decisions. We will also learn what our strengths and weaknesses are, as well as things we can do to both capitalize on our strengths and overcome our weaknesses. Finally, we will look at how setting SMART goals can help us achieve success in learning and in our career planning, too. In order to achieve success, you need to have a plan or goals. As stated in your text, a well-known acronym for setting both long- and short-term goals is SMART . That is, a goal needs to be S pecific, M easurable, A chievable, R ealistic, and T ime-Framed. Goals can be set up using the following pattern: Identify the specific goal. List the steps that must be taken to complete it successfully. Estimate the time needed for each step. (Note: The time-frame needs to be specific; in fact, setting a specific date to reach your goal works best). Create a plan to follow in order to get to that goal. You have set goals before without even realizing it, in many cases. When you plan a vacation, for example, it's a lot easier to plan when you know where you are going first! Armed with that information, you can develop a plan on how to be at the right place at the right time, and at the right cost as well. You should take a similar approach to your education and career goals. Many students sign up for a college degree program based on things they might like to study and, while this is okay, wouldn't it be important to know you are working on a degree that will be in demand by employers when you finish your program? Of course it would. Rather than set a long-term goal as completing your degree, wouldn't it make more sense to use some critical thinking skills by researching exactly what you would like to do first? Then you can research what companies are looking for and make a plan to get there. For example, you will want to find out exactly what specific degrees companies are looking
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2011 for the course COLL 148 taught by Professor Dean during the Spring '10 term at DeVry Arlington.

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