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Organize and Synthesize Information

Information must be organized in order to permit analysis, synthesis, understanding, and communication.

Organizing information is important because it allows you to:

  • manage and retain the information more efficiently and accurately, including keeping records of sources
  • communicate the information more effectively
  • recognize the need for further information and discard unneeded information
  • recognize trends, clusters, and other patterns in the information gathered
  • synthesize disparate pieces of information into new knowledge

The usefulness of organizing things can be illustrated in tasks such as arranging tools in a workshop, organizing your desktop, or writing down recipes for others to follow.

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