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Skills for Success by Stella Cottrell

Skills for Success by Stella Cottrell

Author:Stella Cottrell
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781137426543
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.


Interpreting your creative thinking score

You now have an approximate score for creative thinking. This is not an exact science, but it gives you an idea of how confident you are about your own creativity. It also gives you an insight into how you could develop your creative thinking skills further.

75–100 This is an excellent score. If your ratings were accurate, you already use the kinds of strategies that contribute to creative thinking. This suggests an invaluable approach to problem-solving and to life in general. Consider how you could develop these further, especially in relation to your programme and to the career areas that interest you. It is also worth checking whether your logical, analytical skills are as well developed as your creative thinking skills. It is important to develop both kinds of thinking.

50–74 This is a good score. If your ratings were accurate, this suggests your creative thinking skills are already well developed. Look for themes in the statements to which you gave lower ratings. What else could you do to develop your thinking skills? This chapter may give you some ideas.

25–49 If your ratings were accurate, this suggests that you have started to develop creative thinking skills. There is probably a lot more you could do to build these further. It is worth spending time considering what prevents you from developing your creativity at present. It is important not to try too hard at creative thinking: it may be that you worry too much about doing things the right way. Experiment with a more relaxed approach and make sure you leave plenty of time to try out new approaches as well as your usual methods. It can take time to build confidence in new approaches.

0–24 If your ratings were accurate, this suggests that you have identified that creative thinking skills are not currently a major area of strength for you. Check with people who know you well whether you have rated yourself too harshly. Identify what kinds of thinking skills are most critical for meeting the requirements of your programme and career interests. Read through the comments for the score 25–49 above. These may also apply to you. Most importantly, do not be discouraged. This is not a scientific test – and creative thinking skills can be developed.



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