Think out-loud with a Critical Thinking Lab peer consultant

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION with critical thinking lab

New: In-class writing workshops

These workshops are specifically designed to teach your students the very basics of starting to write philosophy papers. When you sign up for a Writing Workshop, a CTL consultant will come to your classroom to lead a 10–20-minute lesson on writing philosophy thesis statements, introductions, conclusions, and paper outlines. Sign-up for this service is reserved exclusively for TAs, IORs, and faculty. After signing up, you can collaborate with the consultant coming to your class about any specific material you’d like them to cover or any time and presentation constraints they will need to be aware of. We hope this will be an excellent way to keep our undergraduates engaged in their studies and to give them a head-start on their writing when paper due dates start coming around.

Schedule a Writing Workshop

Tutoring Services Include:

  • Taking in-class notes
  • Reading and comprehension for philosophy texts
  • Earning participation points
  • In-class writing exams
  • Brainstorming paper/project
  • Research and citation for paper/project
  • Raising objections in a paper/project
  • Editing paper/project
  • Preparing for a presentation

There are no consultations, walk-in or by appointment, on University holidays. Please consult Academic Calendar  for relevant dates.

The Critical Thinking Lab is located in Library Tower, 1205

How to make the most of your consultation

  • Work hard to understand the material first
    Where applicable, grapple with any assigned readings and texts before your consultation. Our consultants come from diverse backgrounds, but they may not be familiar with the content of your paper or project.
  • Prepare to think
    Come in with a sense of what part of the thinking process you want to focus on—i.e. brainstorming, organization, revising, etc.
  • Plan time for revision
    Set aside time after your appointment to reflect, revise, and ask follow-up questions as you develop your thinking further.
  • Meet early in the semester and visit often
    Developing your critical thinking will take time, practice, and ongoing effort. Be patient with yourself, ask questions, and your thinking will improve.
  • Utilize your consultant's strengths
    Each of our consultants has certain areas of interest and specialization with which they can provide more targeted assistance. Be sure to read their bios below to see if a particular consultant has the expertise you need.


Contact Coleen Watson at with any questions.