Preparing for successful academic writing
2.2 Learning to think at a higher level
At university, you’re asked to engage in critical thinking. While you were expected to use your ability to reason in high school, there are likely to be changes in the way you'll apply your thinking skills at uni. Listen to what University of Auckland students say about the changes they've experienced.
Misha Garg, BE (Hons) (Biomedical Engineering), 3rd year
James Hucklesby, BSc (Biomedical Science), 3rdyear
Joshua Jeffrey, BEd (Teaching), 3rd year
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At high school, you may have gained good marks in your tests by recalling information accurately; however, memorising facts and concepts won't be enough at university. While you'll need to learn specific information to prepare for assessments, your lecturers will place a strong emphasis on you demonstrating higher-level thinking skills.
Initially, this may sound quite challenging, but there's no need to worry—you’ll learn to sharpen your thinking skills as you progress through your studies. A good way to start is to learn more about what critical thinking at university level involves and what is expected of you.