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Critical Thinking Tutor

Critical Thinking Tutor

Critical thinking and logic have been at the heart of philosophy since Aristotle.

As a professional philosopher, I have taught formal logic, philosophical logic and the theory of knowledge at the University of Oxford, and for the University of London's External Philosophy Program.

These logical skills are the foundation for my critical thinking tuition for the various Oxbridge admissions tests:

I'm also an A-level Critical Thinking tutor (OCR), an A-level Thinking Skills tutor (CIE).

My critical thinking tuition combines assignments (textual readings and exercises) with tutorials using Skype or the phone.

If you require a private online critical thinking tutor I'd be happy to receive your email: Private Critical Thinking Tutor Enquiry

Critical Thinking Tutor for the Cambridge/Oxford TSA

The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) is increasingly used by organisations, including the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, as part of their selection procedures.

Appicants for the University of Oxford Philosophy and Psychology (PP) and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) degrees, for example, are required to take the Oxford TSA.

The Cambridge and Oxford TSAs typically involve 2 tests: a multiple-choice test; and a 30-minute short essay. Half of the multiple-choice questions are critical thinking problems.

I offer critical thinking tuition for the TSA, for both Cambridge and Oxford admissions.

My critical thinking tuition comprises two, 55-minute tutorials which teach some fundamental logical principles with which to tackle the questions.

This is followed by a steady diet of practice papers to consolidate your understanding of the principles.

If you require the help with the critical thinking elements of the TSA then I'd be delighted to receive your email: TSA Critical Thinking Tutor Email

Critical Thinking Tutor for the Cambridge/Oxford BMAT

There are two components of the BMAT which involve complimentary critical thinking skills that focus on the concept of logical argument:

  • BMAT section 1: Aptitude and Skills
  • BMAT section 3: Writing Task

The 'Aptitude and Skills' paper includes several verbal reasoning questions that probe BMAT candidates' critical thinking skills. In particular, they examine candidates' grasp of the logical properties of a paragraph of text.

The 'Writing Task' paper essentially requires candidates to construct arguments for, counter-arguments against a given proposition, and then to rationally evaluate that exchange.

I've taught logic to Oxford undergraduates, taught A-lvel Critical Thinking, and have coached Oxbridge candidates in the BMAT, TSA and LNAT admissions test for many years. I'm therefore very well-placed to help you with your BMAT critical thinking skills.

If you would like help preparing for the critical thinking apsects of the Cambridge or Oxford BMAT tests, I'd be delighted to receive your enquiry BMAT Critical Thinking Tutor Enquiry

Critical Thinking Tutor for the Cambridge/Oxford LNAT

This section is currently being re-drafted for the 2016 admissions test.

If you would like help preparing for the critical thinking apsects of the Cambridge or Oxford LNAT tests, I'd be delighted to receive your enquiry LNAT Critical Thinking Tutor Enquiry

A-level Critical Thinking Tutor (OCR)

Evaluating arguments is the corner-stone of A-level critical thinking, and yet it proves to be one of the most difficult subjects for students to master.

Crucially, evaluating arguments is the bread-and-butter activity of analytical philosophy, in which arguments are evaluated against a range of criteria: sound/unsound, valid/invalid, demonstrative/non-demonstrative, consistent/inconsistent, etc.

I have taught the evaluation of argument at the University of Oxford, and for the External Philosophy Program at the University of London.

The OCR A-level Critical Thinking syllabus also includes a range of concepts that are at the heart of the theory of knowledge: belief, justification, warrant, evidence, and of course the concept of knowledge itself. I have taught these subjects too at Oxford and London.

If you require a private online critical thinking tutor to help you with your A-level Critical Thinking I'd be happy to receive your email: Private A-level Critical Thinking Tutorials Email

A-level Thinking Skills Tutor (CIE)

My A-level Thinking Skills tuition is based on the recommended textbook Thinking Skills by John Butterworth and Geoff Thwaites, Cambridge University Press.

My online critical thinking and thinking skills tuition comprises a combination of Skype tutorials and assignments.

My feedback includes an approximate grade, a summary comment, and detailed colour-coded contextual comments.

Closer to the exams, we switch to timed, hand-written practice papers.

If you require an A-level Thinking Skills tutor, I'd be happy to receive your email: A-level Thinking Skills Tutor Email

Logic Tuition for Critical Thinking

Philosophical logic, as the name implies, is the philosophical study of the central concepts of logic: truth, meaning, validity, soundness, analyticity, etc.

It also encompasses the study of the varieties of argument: deductive, inductive, abductive, informal, etc.

My doctoral thesis, at the University of Oxford (graded 'high international standard'), was in the philosophy of meaning.

I have taught philosophical logic at the University of Oxford, and for the University of London External Philosophy Program.

If you're seeking online logic tuition, to assist with your critical thinking, then I'd be delighted to receive your enquiry: Logic Tuition for Critical Thinking Email
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