Breaking Tasks Into Meaningful Chunks

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[Karl Note:  This material is full of foolish psychological educational pap!  Nonetheless, the word "chunking" seems to have arisen from such a source.  Since I use the word "chunking" I want to acknowledge the probable original source, but make it clear that my use of the word depends on an entirely different concept than is presented below.]


Breaking Tasks into Meaningful Chunks

Think of your brain as a giant file cabinet. As you take in new information, you want to be sure that it goes into the appropriate "file folder." (Otherwise it will get "lost in space.") In order to do this, you first need to think about the information. What do you already know about it? If you already have a "file" on this information, add the new information to it. If not, start a new "file" that is labeled appropriately so that you'll be able to find it later.

"Chunking" is a lot like filing. The idea is that you want to open only one "file" at a time, so that you can stay focused and "file" the information easily. This process will save time and it will also help you to understand better and to remember more effectively.

Some basic principles of "chunking" include:

By chunking your reading and other study tasks, you will find that new information will make more sense. This is because you will be connecting it to what you already know about the subject. You will also be better able to make the connections you need to make with other information that will help you to thoroughly understand and learn.