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Critical Thinking teaches students to think logically, present well-developed arguments,  and provides highly effective verbal and nonverbal reasoning activities to improve students’ vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, research, and figural-spatial skills, as well as their visual and auditory processing. This  provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and  prepare students for high levels of success on a wide variety of assessment tests.

 Research Smart : Essential Research Skills Program
Students will learn how to conduct a scientific investigation in a meaningful and comprehensive manner. This course will emphasize the essentials of fundamental research methodology. Upon taking this course participants will develop research insight, critical thinking skills, and how to initiate research. They will learn to ask research questions leading to a hypothesis. Hypothesis is a predictive statement and it is tested by conducting a scientific experiment using carefully thought procedures. During this course work they will learn how to read peer reviewed research journal articles, understand components of research such as literature review, methods, results, and discussion sections.
Why students should take this course?
As we all know besides going through regular academic curriculum, very little attention is given to prepare students to read scholarly scientific research work published in scholarly journals. Sooner than you think, students will be required to review journal articles, know the concepts of conducting a research, and establish the potentials of thinking of planning and conducting a research. This course will definitely enhance research interests, how to comprehensively read journal articles, and prepare students to participate in ongoing faculty/teacher’s research. Eventually students’ critical thinking abilities will significantly foster to excel in competitive exams.

Watch the excitement among students grow as they work through the research process of selecting a topic, organizing a topic, asking questions, using a research method, collecting information, developing a product, presenting the information, and evaluating the independent study.

Students excel in research methods will see a lot of benefit in their high school and college.  Chances will increase on going to top colleges, getting scholarships, and to work as research assistants during their under graduation years.

Grades:  5-12 

Course in a nutshell: Pick a Research topic + Apply Research Methods + Final presentation.