Writing a critique successfully requires understanding of issues in question before offering criticisms. You must stick to sided judgment of main issues, but provide clear explanations and reasons why you hold such opinions.
You must do analysis of the issues in question in order to come up with a sustainable reaction. In this case, knowledge of the subject/issues discussed plays an important role in critique writing. Note that you need to build up argument based on credible resources.
Here are Tips to Help win Writing Critiques
Tip 1: Read and read
It is the first step towards successful critique writing. You need to read the article, book or material available for criticism in order to understand issues discussed. Be sure lecturers sometimes require you in depth critique of materials, such that you need pay careful attention to content when reading.
Whether it requires reading once or twice or more, just do it, because understanding issues in question is the basis of success in critique writing. You cannot formulate an opinion about issues unheard of, issues you do not read about, or issues you cannot understand.
Reading also helps in development of your own arguments or criticisms. If engaged in critique writing, you can be sure some of the matters you write a critique about are difficult to form an opinion about. In fact, for some, formulation of a major opinion about matters is not the issue, but developing those opinions. Critique writing becomes much more difficult if you remember the obligation to write several pages. The only way out may be reading widely about what other authors say about the book or issues in question. During reading, I advise you to concentrate at unknown/unfamiliar words and notice arguments used by author to support his/her main points.
Tip 2: Write two sentences summarizing the article or work
This gives you an overview of main ideas of what the author is saying.
Tip 3: Check whether the author details and work are credible and reliable
It is one of the subjects for criticism in critique writing. During critique writing, you may note lack of author’s authority in discussing issues because they lack the suitable/needed level of education, if they relied on non-credible sources, or if they did not make use of professional research methods or writing techniques.
Tip 4: Base criticisms on facts, opinions and examples provided by author
In critique writing, ask if the opinions are believable. Has the author provided any evidence for the opinions, or are they reckless and irresponsible? If the author is arguing a matter out, ask if they offer convincing explanation to you. Ask why the author did not convince you to accept his/her main positions. Look for reasons why you reject lobbies posted by author for readers to take his/her main arguments.
Tip 5: Ask if there are biases in interpretations of facts, figures, information, data; and/or use of wrong formulas or procedures
You may have a long way to go in critique writing if the work involved is a research paper. Look for methodologies used for data collection, data analysis, and result presentation. Make sure to investigate structures, formulas, procedures used: if they are correct and if there are inconsistencies in their applications.