Course is Critical Thinking Strategies for Success by Richard Paul and Linda Elder
Journal: Paul and Elder recommend completing a journal and analyzing the answers.
When did I do my worst thinking today? When do I do my best thinking? What did I actually think about today? Did I figure out anything? Did I allow my negative thinking to frustrate me unnecessarily? If I had to repeat today, what would I do differently? Why? Did I do anything today to further my long-term goals? If I were to spend every day this way for 10 years, at the end, would I have accomplished something worthy of that time?
I do not understand this. If you can help me with this one, if I have to do another maybe I will know what to do. Appreciate your help.
Critical Thinking Strategies can lead to success if properly adopted. The idea of using a daily journal is to write down your thoughts and critically analyze them and reflect on what was done right, what was done wrong, and could things be thought of differently to lead to better results?
For most of us, there are too many thoughts clustering our brain at any time and introspection is only effective when we have a written down list of thoughts that need to be analyzed. Then it becomes a visual-analytical activity, instead of just a mental exercise.
I would suggest that you write down a day of your thoughts in a diary, piece of paper or a journal, as the questions ask. Then sit down and try to analyze each of them one-at-a-time.
For example, if you had your worst thoughts at noon just before lunch and best thoughts when you woke up, you may want to take a walk or do something non-trivial around noon to avoid any negative effects of your mood/thoughts and do something really important (studies, important decisions, etc.) during morning hours.
This exercise if done properly and analyzed appropriately may lead to positive changes in your scheduling, higher output and a better outlook towards life.
I would suggest reading the biographies of successful people (business leaders, leaders, etc.) and you will see that clarity of thought and a well-organized schedule has been the basis of their success.
Your course aims to inculcate something similar in the students and the assignment is to help you understand this idea of journal-keeping and introspection towards betterment.
Hope this helps.