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ERIC Number: ED172862
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The Pyramid Diagram: A Tool for Academic Success.
Solon, Carol
The basic skills program at Norwalk Community College integrates the teaching of fundamental reading, writing, and study skills with an introductory course in psychology. The pyramid diagram is one of the key techniques used in the program. It is a visual outline which organizes information so that the subject, main idea, and details connect in a logical way. It is based on research about the way the brain retains and retrieves information, which indicates a limit to the number of separate items of information that the brain can remember, which can be overcome by categorizing the information. Pyramid diagrams are introduced as follows: (1) students read a chapter summary; (2) they read aloud facts from the summary which are recorded on separate index cards; (3) the instructor reads the cards randomly to the students who check off each fact; (4) students group the cards and label the groups; (5) a pyramid diagram is constructed recording first the subject of the summary, then the main categories, then the supporting details. Finally, students agree upon a complete sentence encompassing all details represented in the diagram. Students are encouraged to use the technique in textbook reading, organizing lecture notes, preparing for examinations, and organizing essays and research papers. (AYC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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