Critical Thinking Lab

Binghamton University's Critical Thinking Lab

The Critical Thinking Lab is now using Calendly as its primary scheduling system!

Schedule an In-Person CTL 1-on-1 Consulting Sessions

Schedule a Zoom CTL 1-on-1 Consulting Sessions

Schedule a consultant to host a Writing Workshop in your class!

Or schedule your appointment with a specific consultant by navigating to the 'People' tab and then clicking the link to an individual consultant's Calendly scheduling page on each consultant profile.
While we still have a Starfish profile during this phase-out, we do prefer you use our Calendly scheduling system. (Calendly tends to be much easier to use anyway.)
Please email Coleen at with any scheduling questions. 

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.

Schedule a consultation 

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
  • Argument mechanics
  • Editing paper/project
  • Preparing for a presentation
  • Hosting writing workshops

Looking for next steps in your writing? Need to know what philosophy classes are happening next semester? Don't know what the heck makes an argument?
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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.

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Lab Director

Please email Coleen Watson with any questions.