Word bridging & blueprinting (WB&BP) entails writing down
the definitions of all of the words that one could possibly have an issue with
in a subject in a particular way, in order to: most tightly assemble all of the
definitions involved in order to most quickly cross reference them. The reason
for doing this is to be able to see how all of the word's meanings related to
each other while one is as alert as they can be, so that one can glimpse the
greater complexities of phenomena that they encounter each study session. This
activity helps support one's position above the information and data that one is
attempting to view so that they can see how it all works better.
The benefits of making and using a WB&BP are: A) One gets to
learn a subject better by getting more familiar with each of that subject's
mental building blocks. A WB&BP can serve as training wheels to help one
learn how any new concept works a little before they actually engage in physical
interaction with the phenomena involved. B) One obtains a study aid that one can
use to view the relationships between the components of a subject. This gives
one a broader view of it than would be possible without, and C) A WB&BP can be
continually built upon, no matter how complex one's studying gets. It gives one
their own personally built custom reference tool. It gets tailored by and to a
student's own personal comprehensional requirements.
The student, their self, assembles it, so the WB&BP's
comprehension quotient is the highest possible, pound for pound, legal subject
assimilation aid ever invented, IMO. However, let me invite you to please find
out for yourself if this idea works or not for yourself. What follows are
instructions for building a WB&BP. (Top)
& Blueprint Materials:
The book on the subject that one is studying.
Dictionaries that contain definitions that one likes to work
with; ones that make the best sense to you. Prior to purchase dictionary testing
can be accomplished at one's local library.
Paper and a writing implement, or if one is connected, a
computer, word processing program and online dictionary that works for you.
The most formidable manifestation of this tool would be a
Webpage with a floating link bar, but this last item is pretty not really
necessary to accomplish the goal of making one. (Top)
Word Bridge & Blueprint Assembly Instructions:
Write a word that you can think of, of the words that you
understand the least, of the subject that you are attempting to become more
familiar with onto a numbered list.
Look up that word and read it's whole definition. Words
are like building stones. Only one or two of their faces may show up in one's
subject, but that doesn't mean that the faces that one doesn't see have the same
shapes as the faces that one does see. Doing this step will help you know what
is going on with each particular word that you get to look up the best.
Study that word's definition. How deeply you do this step is up
to you. Some words may be more important to you than others. Study them enough
to at least feel that you can recognize what is meant via their use.
Locate in that word's complete definition the meaning that
specifically applies to its use in the specific subject that you are studying.
Write that part of the word's definition down at that word's
entry on your list.
Italicize any words that you have any questions about in that
part of that word's definition that you have written down and add those
italicized words to this list.
With the words that you've italicized in step 6, repeat steps 1
Footnote all of the words that you have italicized with
superscripted numbers which correlate to the numbers that define the locations
at which those words appear at on your numbered list of words in this Word
Bridge that you are constructing.
Repeat steps 1 through 8 as needed with words that you would
like to have a firmer grasp of to see how they relate to the other words in the
Construct another list. Make this one an alphabetical list of
all of the words that appear on your numbered list.
Index each word's number from your first list to the words of
your alphabetized list. This alphabetized list is the blueprint to your
numbered list, which is your word bridge. (Top)
How it Works:
Building your numbered list (word bridge) makes one learn
how to put its words together and building your alphabetical list
(blueprint) gives you way to find any word that you want to in your word
bridge. Using the blueprint eliminates the need for you to rely on your
memory, totally, to get you to the definitions that you have constructed your
word bridge with, so you can return to it at any time, no matter how far
into the future that you do and find any word's definition that is on it as
quickly and easily as possible.
When you hunt words' definitions, try to keep in mind what you
have originally set out to know and direct your efforts toward that end, so that
you don't wind up reinventing the dictionary that you are using more than you
progress toward the comprehension of your subject.
L. Ron Hubbard's,