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5.3 Using a table

Information taken from the texts you read can also be reorganised using a table. A table is particularly useful in reorganising the 'Improving health and wellbeing' text, because it allows you to easily compare the causes, the effects and the location of the two forms of malnutrition. Compared to a mind map, a table allows you to include more information.

Activity 15

Timing: Allow approximately 10 minutes

Make a copy of the table below and use it to enter information contained in the 'Improving health and wellbeing' text. You may want to reuse the same words used in the answer to Activity 13 or your own words.

Table 2


These are the points I felt would be useful when planning and writing an essay. You may have chosen different ones.

Table 3
  • Eating disorders (in developed countries): anorexia, bulimia
  • Low energy diet
  • Scarcity of food (famine)
  • Excessive food intake
  • Saturated fat-rich diets (dairy products, animal fats, coconut/palm oil
  • Lethargy, low activity levels, low concentration
  • Stunted growth, weight loss
  • Long term/in children: diseases leading to death
  • Vitamin (e.g. Vit A→sight loss) and mineral (e.g. iron→anaemia) deficiency
  • Lethargy, low activity levels, low concentration
  • Weight gain, obesity
  • Effects of obesity: coronary heart disease, gallstones, arthritis, cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure
  • Mostly developing countries
  • Developed countries
  • Mostly developed countries
  • Developing countries

This section has introduced you to three ways to reorganise information taken from the texts you read. The way you reorganise ideas depends on the content of the text. For example, the organisation and content of the practice text about malnutrition lent itself to all three methods.

Additional questions, ideas and examples can be added at a later date. For example, if you become a university student, you will want to make links to ideas presented elsewhere in your course materials, or something you have read in a newspaper might provide you with a useful illustration. It is a good idea, then, to get into the habit of revisiting your notes at intervals throughout your studies to develop links, introduce new questions and examples, and thus continually reprocess key ideas.