7.2 Other ways of structuring thought
Distinguishing between generals and particulars can help you in reading, note taking and writing for your course. But, looking at things in a hierarchical general-particular way is only one approach to giving structure to ideas and information.
Make a note of some other ways in which ideas and information could be structured.
Other ways might be based on chronology, complexity, spatial organisation, positive and negative aspects, pros and cons, familiar and unfamiliar, from top to bottom of an organisational structure. In some cases, the component parts of something work together to form a system, for example arteries, veins and capillaries work together to form the blood circulatory system in the body.