Connecting

Use your journal to find connections deliberately. Make as many as you can in any direction that works. Connect to your personal life, connect to other courses, and connect one part of your course to another. In the following entries Kevin works on connections in a course on macroeconomics:

2/16 One of the things about this course seems to be the fact that many theories can be proved algebraically. For example, the teacher said that a possible exam question might be to trace through a Keynesian model. In order to trace it one has to use a lot of algebra, substituting variables inside certain functions to prove equations ... by explaining it this way you get a better grasp of things . . . economics becomes less ambiguous. Theories backed up by mathematical, algebraic, or statistical evidence always seem much more concrete.

2/26 It [economics] is beginning to pull together. After reading the chapters for the second time, I'm beginning to see a sequence or passage of ideas from chapter to chapter.

If you read the material twice, review your notes, and keep a journal, connections are bound to happen. In Kevin's case, he is pulling it together, and the journal is a helpful part of this process.

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