Writing can be used as a learning tool, as I saw yesterday in a workshop I attended.
We began by writing what we already know about a topic (Critical Thinking Skills). Then we wrote some comments about an article about the topic as we read it. We also considered things we might not know, but might want to know.
It is possible to think of a topic, list the things you know about it, the things you’d like to know, do research and write the things you learned from the research. In school, this is done with a KWL chart – The K stands for what you know; the W stands for what you want to know; and the L stands for What you Learned.