There is no coursework component needed to complete Cambridge International AS and A Level Thinking Skills (9694). That is, students can attain the qualification by examination only. At this time, Pearson Edexcel and AQA do not offer Thinking Skills or Critical Thinking at AS or A Level.
The CAIE exam board uses a syllabus to clearly state, among other things, the subject course content and methods of final assessments. Additionally, the CAIE exam board will give suggested textbooks and other resources, some of which are endorsed (that is, they carefully follow the specific syllabus or specification). Teachers and students can choose the best resources to facilitate learning.
You don't need all the suggested resources, but it is useful to have one or two textbooks as a scaffold, alongside the syllabus or specification and online resources as needed.
I have taught Cambridge AS and A Level Thinking Skills for many years, so I am very familiar with the syllabus content, varied teaching and learning strategies for individual students, and preparation for examinations (exams). CAIE examinations were easier for my four home educated children to access, and I have been teaching or tutoring CAIE examination subjects in school or online since 2007.
So, let me pass on what I have used, at one time or another, to teach Cambridge AS and A Level Thinking Skills (9694).
Please take time to thoroughly research the AS or A Level subjects you intend to pursue. This website is intended to give you information, but each of you will have different educational journeys, and the exam boards change syllabuses and specifications often. Of course, if you need more support, please contact email@example.com for questions, quotes for temporary tutorial support, or customized distance learning schedules and support.
SYLLABUSES AND SPECIFICATIONS To have the most success in final assessments (exams), read the syllabus or specification carefully. Consider this as the rule book, as it gives clear details about the subject.
Here is the link for the AS and A Level Thinking Skills course:
PAST PAPER PRACTICE One of the most focused ways to understand how well you will do in the final assessments (exams) is to complete some past papers, mark them and reflect on your strengths and challenges. Then repeat the process. As the art of strong AS and A Level knowledge and skills is built upon practice, you should make sure to get support from teachers, tutors or mentors as necessary. In the meantime, visit the exam board's website and look for past papers, the mark schemes (answer keys or rubrics) and the examiners' reports. All these documents will be helpful in honing your skills in this subject.
SUGGESTED TEXTBOOKS There are endorsed textbooks that are closely aligned to exam board courses and these will be the best resource to use as a scaffold for learning. Each exam board also suggests other textbooks and resources for each subject course. The choice of books for teaching and learning is yours, but I have always relied on one or two endorsed textbooks, and then used other resources to supplement my own learning and teaching.
Here are some useful suggested textbooks for AS and A Level Thinking Skills:
Cambridge AS and A Level Thinking Skills (9694)
Grogono, A. & Hart, C. (2018) Cambridge AS & A Level Thinking Skills. ISBN: 9781510421899 [Endorsed]
Zaccaro, E. (2006) Becoming a Problem Solving Genius: A Handbook of Math Strategies. ISBN: 9780967991597
Thomson, A. (2008) Critical Reasoning: a practical introduction, 3rd Edition. ISBN: 9780415445870
Butterworth, J., & Thwaites, G. (2013) Thinking Skills.ISBN 9781107606302
Lally, J. et al (2008) OCR AS Critical Thinking: Student Book. ISBN 9780435235895
Lally, J., Hart, C. & McCabe, T. (2010) OCR A2 Critical Thinking: Student Book.ISBN 978-0435235901
USEFUL WEBSITES FOR A LEVEL THINKING SKILLS Using an endorsed textbook alongside the syllabus or specification is always my first strategy in teaching or tutoring AS and A Level Thinking Skills. Then I look through the online resources to supplement and complement what is being learnt, and I am constantly researching new resources.
Here are a few resources you might find useful:
http://www.folj.com/folj.com/puzzles/ This site is just one example of logic puzzles. Students might be really interested in logic puzzle books or puzzles – the best students can be encouraged to solve logic problems and then explain their reasoning to the rest of the class.