Flash Cards | Segmented Access to Information

No one (or their cousin) can digest huge volumes of information. You may want to skim the surface. Your cousin may want to drill deep. To address all levels of interest, present information in increasingly informative chunks, relating one to another.

WHAT?!
Spoon feed; but don’t string-along.  As a person demonstrates increasing levels of interest, he can stomach more depth about a topic.

WHY?
Context is hugely significant.  If someone doesn’t have context, then information they have been given might not sink in or make any sense at all.

Also, as someone drills deeper on a topic, they learn whether it is really the topic they should be concerned with or just a distraction.  A user is most valuable when they have their questions answered and when they get to decide how they spend their time.

HOW?
Fully express a topic, then decide how you have managed to group your information.  Then figure out what are the most salient words or phrases from each chunk.  Combine those chunks together to make a more condensed concept, then perform the same process on that.  Repeat.  At each step, you have what might be a valid segment/chunk.  You can use that output to compare to the original expression for consistency.

It would be much worse to explain too vaguely, and be off target, then drill down to a completely different concept than it would be to be extremely on-target but very lengthy.  So, there is indeed a needed balance.

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