Figure 1.3 Concept map.

the items could have been created using a different organizing principle, for example as the sequence in which the subjects developed historically.

Such data structures organize and compress information, creating a mentally retrievable path to the information when called for. There is no right or wrong way to create structures. As long as it makes sense to you, it's right. The act of creating them results in learning. In addition, this technique is an excellent way to communicate any kind of technical data to others.

Besides the organizing techniques just described, the major activity for the study of biology is simply to read. Read beyond the required material. Seek out the references—these expand and reinforce the basic concepts. Multiple sources of information on the same topics can provide alternative viewpoints that highlight and clarify the key information.

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