Critical Thinking: The 5 W’s
Critical Thinking Ultimate Cheatsheet
Ask these questions whenever you discover or discuss new information!
- Benefits from this?
- Is this harmful to?
- Makes decisions about this?
- Is most directly affected?
- Have you also heard discuss this?
- Would be the best person to consult?
- Will be the key people in this?
- Deserves recognition for this?
- Are the strengths/weaknesses?
- Is another perspective?
- Is another alternative?
- Would be a counter-argument?
- Is the best/worst case scenario?
- Is most/least important?
- Can we do to make a positive change?
- Is getting in the way of our action?
- Would we see this in the real world?
- Are there similar concepts/situations?
- Is there the most need for this?
- In the world would this be a problem?
- Can we get more information?
- Do we go for help with this?
- Will this idea take us?
- Are the areas for improvement?
- Is this acceptable/unacceptable?
- Would this benefit our society?
- Would this cause a problem?
- Is the best time to take action?
- Will we know we’ve succeeded?
- Has this played a part in our history?
- Can we expect this to change?
- Should we ask for help with this?
- Is this a problem/challenge?
- Is it relevant to me/others?
- Is this the best/worst case scenario?
- Are people influenced by this?
- Should people know about this?
- Has it been this way for so long?
- Have we allowed this to happen?
- Is there a need for this today?
- Is this similar to ___________ ?
- Does this disrupt things?
- Do we know the truth about this?
- Will we approach this safely?
- Does this benefit us/others?
- Does this harm us/others?
- Do we see this in the future?
- Can we change this for our good?