Binghamton University's Critical Thinking Lab
Located in Library Tower, 1205
What Does the Critical Thinking Lab Do?
We are here to develop your best thinking. You can expect an individualized session with a trained critical thinking consultant for help with any philosophy or argumentative project.
Whether you are a beginning student or advanced, the Critical Thinking Lab can help you with your essays, summaries, formal arguments, in-class writing, speeches, presentations, and application materials. We recognize that critical thinking takes many forms—writing, reading, speaking, listening—and occurs at all stages of the creation process—questioning, analyzing, brainstorming, synthesizing, outlining, articulating, and revising. Visit us, and we'll think about your work together.
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
- Hosting writing workshops
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.
Please email Coleen Watson with any questions.