The ability to thinking critically is one of the most important aspects of philosophy. But critical thinking needs additional elements to be successful. First, students need to be able to reflect on the reading material. This involves closely examine a text in some detail and try to fully grasp what an author is saying. Second, students need to develop their writing skills to be able to articulate their ideas and communicate it with others. One way to help develop critical thinking is to question the assumptions made and to offer their own arguments against it.
Critical reading and reflecting is like a road map because it gives you a sense of where you want to go.
Critical writing is like the steering wheel because it helps you control where you want to go.
Critical thinking is the fuel because without it the car can go nowhere.