‘To critique’ in the academic world means ‘to look into a certain work and state the strengths and weaknesses and then provide suggestions on improving the work in a manner that is constructive’ (Critiquing Tips, n.d.).
Methods in Effectively Critiquing a Work
Effectively critiquing a work entails the following: First of all, it is very important to be very honest (Critiquing Tips, n.d.). Second is to look for something optimistic or encouraging to speak about (Critiquing Tips, n.d.). Third is to speak about the weaknesses but at the same time “providing suggestions on how it may be developed and improved” (Critiquing Tips, n.d.). Last but not least, it is essential do be diplomatic no matter what weaknesses are to be stated and keep in mind that the goal of critiquing is to “provide assistance to the author of the work” and not attack or insult the individual (Critiquing Tips, n.d.).
Aspects to Look for in Critiquing
It is essential to look into the references utilized by the author, check for validity and reliability (Chesapeake College, n.d.). Scrutinize how the ideas were supported, check if the stated ideas are facts, or simply opinions to verify if there was no bias and both sides (or opposing perspectives) were evenly taken into consideration (Chesapeake College, n.d.). Also, the “appropriateness of the vocabulary and logic of the argument should be looked into as well” (Chesapeake College, n.d.).
Noting the Findings/ Writing and Presenting the Critique
The findings may be noted by: 1) “introducing the work including the author, title, as well as, the references and their dates of publication”; 2) “providing a one- to two- sentence summary”; and 3) “producing a thesis statement” (UHWO Writing Center, n.d.). It is also highly recommended to state “three to five points to support the thesis statement” (Chesapeake College, n.d.).