3 Reasons and Ways to Build Your Knowledge Framework

Why is knowledge framework helpful

The first benefit of a knowledge framework is that it helps with memorising. With the explosive, fragmented information received every day, it is easy to get lost in the sea of knowledge, and this is when we need a compass or a map which can help us find our way and the best path. A knowledge map visualises the connection between different knowledge and therefore enables us to retrieve knowledge easily.

Second, while you construct the skyscraper, you are reviewing what you already know. Every time you add something new to your framework, you will need to review the old knowledge and make connections to the new one.

Last but not least, having a framework allows you to readily identify your weaknesses. Since your knowledge is structured, it is easier to identify what causes the weakness. If you did not master some knowledge C, you may look back to the prerequisites A and B to see whether you master them. You are able to tell whether your weakness comes from the insolid foundation or not, allowing you to strengthen it quickly.

How to build a knowledge framework

  1. Have an overview

Do not rush to the framework building once you get the textbook. A framework is different from your everyday notes: only with an overall view of the material, you can summarise it and frame it. Ask yourself, how is the new knowledge related to what I already know and how is it different? Then you may find an appropriate place in the framework for this new knowledge.

  1. Break down the knowledge and assemble

Once you have a framework, you can look into the details. Breading down every point in the map into smaller points. On the one hand, it enhances your understanding of the topic. On the other hand, it saves your time when you attribute your error. For example, when you find your inability to master knowledge C can be attributed to the weakness in prerequisite B1, you only need to strengthen B1 instead of all knowledge B.

  1. Internalise the framework

Many students fall into the trap of creating a beautiful mindmap. Indeed, a written-down mindmap provides good guidance to clear your mind but it is only assistance but not the purpose. So when you are framing the knowledge, make sure you are using your brain rather than copying down the menu, the titles and subtitles. Having the knowledge framework in your mind is the ultimate goal.