Construction of a Simple Concept

Elaboration

• Elaboration is the process of finding additional layers of meaning in new material.
• Elaboration may include illustrative examples, relating new knowledge to knowledge you already know, or relating new knowledge to a visual image.
• The more you can elaborate on how new learning relates to what you already know, the stronger your grasp of the new learning will be, and the more connections you create to remember it later.
Elaboration is very important in mathematics. Titles of courses, textbooks, chapters, sections, and subsections are deliberately chosen to promote this last form of elaboration.

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