5 tips to improve your critical thinking – Samantha Agoos

Every day, a sea of decisions
stretches before us. Some are small and unimportant, but others have a larger impact
on our lives. For example, which politician
should I vote for? Should I try the latest diet craze? Or will email make me a millionaire? We’re bombarded with so many decisions that it’s impossible to make
a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways
to improve our chances, and one particularly effective technique
is critical thinking. This is a way of approaching a question that allows us to carefully
deconstruct a situation, reveal its hidden issues,
such as bias and manipulation, and make the best decision. If the critical part sounds negative
that’s because in a way it is. Rather than choosing an answer
because it feels right, a person who uses critical thinking subjects all available options to scrutiny
and skepticism. Using the tools at their disposal, they’ll eliminate everything but the most
useful and reliable information. There are many different ways
of approaching critical thinking, but here’s one five-step process that may help you solve
any number of problems. One: formulate your question. In other words,
know what you’re looking for. This isn’t always as straightforward
as it sounds. For example, if you’re deciding
whether to try out the newest diet craze, your reasons for doing so may be obscured
by other factors, like claims that you’ll see results
in just two weeks. But if you approach the situation with a clear view of what you’re
actually trying to accomplish by dieting, whether that’s weight loss, better nutrition, or having more energy, that’ll equip you to sift through
this information critically, find what you’re looking for, and decide whether the new fad
really suits your needs. Two: gather your information. There’s lots of it out there, so having a clear idea of your question
will help you determine what’s relevant. If you’re trying to decide on a diet
to improve your nutrition, you may ask an expert for their advice, or seek other people’s testimonies. Information gathering helps you
weigh different options, moving you closer to a decision
that meets your goal. Three: apply the information, something you do
by asking critical questions. Facing a decision, ask yourself,
“What concepts are at work?” “What assumptions exist?” “Is my interpretation of the information
logically sound?” For example, in an email that promises
you millions, you should consider, “What is shaping
my approach to this situation?” “Do I assume the sender
is telling the truth?” “Based on the evidence, is it logical
to assume I’ll win any money?” Four: consider the implications. Imagine it’s election time, and you’ve selected a political
candidate based on their promise to make it cheaper for drivers
to fill up on gas. At first glance, that seems great. But what about the long-term
environmental effects? If gasoline use is less
restricted by cost, this could also cause a huge
surge in air pollution, an unintended consequence
that’s important to think about. Five: explore other points of view. Ask yourself why so many people are drawn to the policies of
the opposing political candidate. Even if you disagree with
everything that candidate says, exploring the full spectrum of viewpoints might explain why some policies that don’t
seem valid to you appeal to others. This will allow you
to explore alternatives, evaluate your own choices, and ultimately help you make more
informed decisions. This five-step process is just one tool, and it certainly won’t eradicate difficult
decisions from our lives. But it can help us increase
the number of positive choices we make. Critical thinking can give us the tools
to sift through a sea of information and find what we’re looking for. And if enough of us use it, it has the power to make the world
a more reasonable place.


  1. Icarus December 2, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Bottom line is go with your gut

  2. Hung Luong Manh December 4, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Critical Thinking nên được dịch là tư duy phản biện, tư duy đột phá. Đừng dịch là tư duy phán xét. Nghe nặng nề mà không chính xác.

  3. BeastSoundz December 5, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Cough who's watching because death note

  4. Shuen hi December 8, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    It's a very helpful video! Thanks a lot!

  5. Mohammad Bagasrawala December 15, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Very useful and informative video..
    It teaches how to approach crotical thinking

  6. Prerna Sewa December 18, 2018 at 7:11 am

    It's a good tip.
    Thank you 😊👍

  7. Forst RBLX December 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    This really inspired me to change my in critical thinking and thank you for helping me!!

  8. CHUKWUEMEKA IGBANI January 3, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    #5 is critical

  9. HẢI ANH ĐỖ January 4, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Good good good!!!

  10. Arushi Gupta January 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    It's like how you write an experiment in science. Aim(formulate the question), Apparatus, theory, (gather information), Procedure(apply information), Observations(consider the implications), precautions/sources of error(explore other points of view).

  11. Pheonixtail Dragonlore January 13, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    This is definitely a great video that explores critical thinking skills, though I also think that when people are learning about skepticism and critical thinking skills that it's important not to conflate them with cynicism, since there are going to be moments in life where skepticism and logic wouldn't always be involved (such as falling in love, acknowledging/facing fears, expressing empathy and compassion, and so on).
    Personally, I think that forgiveness and understanding on being human should be added to lessons on critical thinking and cognitive biases so that there's balance to developing their cognitive skills.

  12. Tim Geurts January 21, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Is this for kids

  13. Monit Jadhav January 21, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Hello I am trying to restart my animation career I would love to create a video for you guys how to I do that?

  14. Nanhee Byrnes, PhD January 22, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    If you want to know what American colleges teach in their critical thinking courses, I recommend this book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MHQY9Q8

  15. Sandip Dey January 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Easier said than done

  16. Agung Citra January 29, 2019 at 9:57 pm


  17. Dart Heart February 7, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I still dont understand . 😔 . Someone will tutor pls ? . Those who have willingness ❤

  18. scuba steve February 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Was it me or was this politically motivated lol

  19. Robin Lillian February 12, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Ask yourself: How would he be able to make gas cheaper? Does he have some method no one else thought of or was able to put into practice? Could it succeed? Or is he just lying and telling you what you want to hear to get your vote?

  20. Kamal Kumar February 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Play chess and feel the change in yourself

  21. Alaric Galbraith February 20, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    its all about how to improve your citical thinking

  22. Ayman Aslam February 20, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Isn't watching this video going to prevent me from using critical thinking to find a way to improve my critical thinking?

  23. Jensen Palmer February 26, 2019 at 6:36 am

    This is literally just the scientific method, which I guess makes sense because thinking critically to determine truth is science in its purest form.

  24. Josh Silva March 18, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Common sense

  25. LQT Official March 23, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Warzone bring me here!

  26. a piece of bread March 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    The 2nd one is lacking in antivaxxers

  27. The Dovii March 26, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    1. Formulate your question.

    Me: do i want to look at this

  28. PUJA PRIYA March 26, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    People around me get angry because of my excessive critical thinking and finally not being able to decide.

  29. gtech point4 March 29, 2019 at 7:00 am

    In making decision. Trust your instincts 🙂

  30. Delta Frost April 1, 2019 at 6:26 am

    This is why other peoples opinion matter

  31. JAKAKA Channel April 2, 2019 at 11:41 am

    This video is the summary of research

  32. Aidan Zufolo April 6, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    INTP crew wya

  33. Sigma Geranimo April 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    i just got only one rule, figure it out the weakness and Attack it…..
    fix the weakness you fix everything.

  34. 노루 May 3, 2019 at 2:16 am

    If you want to the great experience, you must have been a choice.

  35. A. Van Toor May 12, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Noooo! No, no, no! Don't seek other people's advice unless you want to undo all that critical thinking. Who is to say that the people you ask aren't just sheep in humans' clothing?

  36. Rafael V.T May 13, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    lol How Choosing Politician Is Important?

  37. Ming May 16, 2019 at 10:19 am

    So should I order hawaiian pizza with pineapple or no?

  38. Emma Zhang May 19, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Why am I addicted to Ted Ed videos? I’ve watched like 8 in a row.

  39. Foolish Gruntigluana May 22, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Indians must watch the 4th point😑😌

  40. Josue C. May 22, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    How can a biased tutorial help people fight biased information… -_-

  41. Aman Jha May 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    bad quality animation..

  42. Ali Hassan May 27, 2019 at 12:46 am

    I thought this was all just common sense. Dang I am smart.

  43. Tobe Shinji May 28, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I’m afraid this video is where all the flat earth population comes from…

  44. Wase e May 29, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    The last one was definitely referring to Donald Trump and Hilary's election 😂

  45. krishna charitable Trust May 31, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    The more you know, you know ,the more you don't know

  46. angel alexzander May 31, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    It’s the same strategy in solving a particular word problem in math

  47. Santha Kumari June 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm


  48. Nghia Luu June 2, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    waste my time indeed

  49. He blesses my every day June 5, 2019 at 9:34 am

    The only problem we all have is self-discipline. Most of the times we know we should not eat pizza while dieting, work instead of watching videos, etc we just don't want to do it and we don't, and then think "why I made wrong decision?" Unconsciously we all know the right answers, just don't accept them

  50. San Tosh June 7, 2019 at 12:15 am

    My CT has led me to one possible outcome that has never been violated.
    Critical thinking is not a skill that can be taught.
    Please prove me wrong

  51. Go Drive June 11, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    I,m very kiri thincal 😊

  52. Animesh M June 11, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Be skeptic, doubtful, disbeliever, cynic, pessimist.

  53. Marian Gutierrez June 12, 2019 at 12:11 am

    So I understand that critical thinking is a way to approach us to an answer avoiding the feelings and emotional perspectives, and getting more focus on the relevant information, discarding all the possible bias and manipulation that can be involved in one or other decision, am I right?

  54. Akiva Weil June 14, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Facts don't care about your feelings.
    – Ben

  55. Moshiac Sun June 14, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    My younger Sister Monica, told me to always think it 3 times before doing action on it. And she taught that i always have a choice. She said any problems are because of my bad choices. My sister would also say " If it makes you feel bad or guilty, then maybe for sure its wrong. I want to thank God everything and for lending me the Holy Ghost to make me feel convicted when i have down something wrong.

  56. Amit Chawla June 18, 2019 at 6:31 am


  57. THIRUNAVUKK ARASU June 18, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Make clear ur question and BASIC NEED
    Have a good need or reason
    think many times
    Gather more related information( netsource or respected related person)
    think with ur information
    Follow ur heart
    Decide doing after meditation
    and never regret for or about ur choice( just leave it and think Y V don't chose anotgr option)

  58. J Gray June 19, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    I'm not sure that interpretation of information can be logically sound. That tends to refer to arguments and logical systems

  59. λiPanda June 20, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Tip O :: Find God

  60. Vitor Abreu June 21, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    This is the stuff our schols should teach. Its important that we have classes about History, Geography, etc. But its also important that the kids learn soft skills and things that will help further on their life. For example: Reading Faster, critical thinking, creativitie, teamwork, learn how to learn, citizen participation… Our Schools need to have a reformulation for what really matters

  61. Lea D June 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Don’t be afraid to look into the abyss.

    Try to queston everything, try to do this pentagon with everything, no matter how obvious or unquestionable ot seems.

    Question especially the things that are societal norms, because those are the ones who often are ignored.
    If something is okay you will know why and if something is off you will know.

  62. ebag June 22, 2019 at 5:35 am

    my life is at an all time low watching this video

  63. Khaim Gulkovich June 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Limitations of Critical Thinking (CT)

    • CT is impotent against collective self-deception.

    • CT won't make you more educated, experienced, fearless.

    • CT is a double-edged sword, which may cause its user more harm, than benefit.

  64. Alex Samuel June 26, 2019 at 1:26 am

    I gain more information from reading the comments here than the clip itself

  65. Lil E.X June 28, 2019 at 11:43 am

    My name is ed. Btw

  66. Ajay Kumar June 29, 2019 at 6:55 am


  67. Adrian Hutabarat June 29, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Tip 6: Doing TOK

  68. amani mdami July 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    It seems colored people are the ones lacking critical thinking

  69. Caitie Fernandez July 1, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    This is my second year of college and I have been shown this video 4 times.

  70. 10K subs ARMY plz July 2, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Any A.R.M.Y?

  71. Ritika Rajan July 5, 2019 at 9:36 am

    You helped me so much thank you ❤️

  72. ManiroHD July 5, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I like the ad for this video 👍 you won my like

  73. Norielyn rhane Due July 5, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    U can also use this steps if u hav an investigatory project… Math problem… History report and MANY MORE

  74. Shahin KG July 6, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I am thinking why some people have disliked this video? Free great information, come on guys.

  75. Dar Dale July 13, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Great tips and self questions that will change my life for the better. THANKS!
    The chosen scenerios are a bit suggestive.

  76. Maruthi Macha July 14, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Waiting for more like this

  77. Jordan Hammond July 15, 2019 at 12:04 am

    I suggest watching on 1.5 speed

  78. Suresh K July 15, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Not understanding

  79. Erawat UeaFuea July 15, 2019 at 2:04 am

    5 tips to improve your critical thinking

    1. formulate your question

    2. gather your information

    3. apply the information

    4. consider the implications

    5. explore other points of view
    สำรวจมุมมองอื่น ๆ

  80. Hamza Jay July 16, 2019 at 10:36 am

    This is depressing, made me realise people don't just do this naturally..

  81. Star Man July 17, 2019 at 12:59 am

    only thing you need to know is QUESTION everything

  82. Leche Fran July 18, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Tagging all @Filipinos out there

  83. teaching goodness July 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm


  84. Doc Brown July 22, 2019 at 12:31 am

    NEVER believe a politician, they'll promise anything and then once in, do nothing and get paid for it. How do you tell when a politician is lying, their mouth is moving. Politicians have less power than ppl think today, often they're the public arm of large corporations that pay them $$$$ to serve corp interests, not public. Many lobbyists have a 1000 times more power than politicians. Most of the powerful ppl are ones you'll never hear of but they already control the public.

  85. Dodie Segovia July 23, 2019 at 12:49 am

    I'm thinking critically if I would follow this tips…

  86. guru friends roma and dan mago July 23, 2019 at 6:50 am

    hi every body! me and dan likes ted ed

  87. Alex Wex July 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I feel like its useful to be able to view the situation with an unbiased look, to be able to kind of distance yourself from your emotions and make a rational decision

  88. Kaze July 28, 2019 at 3:33 am

    ooh lol I didn’t know I already do this unconsciously

  89. Irina K. July 28, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Gooosh I'm a 15 yo girl who likes feels and tragedy and cheesy stuff.
    I hate how I can't make critical decisions!
    I read one thing on a topic, then another – and both seem right! Before I understand, I've mindlessly given a like to both of them. Like… I try to keep myself as open for change as possible, but this has bad sides too – I consider myself intelligent, but an average cunning person could manipulate me very easily.

  90. Sam The Slouch July 29, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    This man doesn't sound like a Samantha

  91. agthaog1986 July 30, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    so basically critical analysis leads 2 critical thinking

  92. Paratropa Activity July 31, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    That is scientific method test the hypothesis

  93. ThatDude August 3, 2019 at 3:33 am

    I automatically did all of these but 4 and 5

  94. Afiq Farkhan August 3, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    = Decision making process?

  95. n i n e t e e n August 4, 2019 at 12:56 am

    the thing is, we students need to implement the use of our "critical thinking" in an academic environment, where we don't have time for all these steps 🤣

  96. Godslayer XD August 4, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Seriously i need a solution to decrease that.

  97. Michelle Sithole August 4, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    All I know is you can't teach people to think…experience can.

  98. Ariful Haque August 5, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Thank You! 🌸

  99. Candice Mier August 5, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    we discussed this in our lesson🤣

  100. Sinigang na Itlog August 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Am I doing a experiment? Why I'm applying scientific method.

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