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Example 1 - Analyse the task
Assignment topic: "Chocolate can make you happy. Discuss."
Main keywords are
chocolate and happy This question implies that it relates to humans
Look at definitions of happiness, joy, satisfaction and pleasure
Related topics may include: endorphins, serotonin, antioxidants, and the "chocoholic" syndrome
Look at behavioural, psychological and physiological changes after consuming chocolate
Chocolate may include white, milk and dark chocolate, and you could look at different brands
It doesn't matter how you display your keywords, so long as you write them down and organise them. See the list (in a table) and concept map below.
A list is the simplest way to organise your keywords. Just start writing everything you currently know about the topic, and use a thesaurus to find alternative words.
milk, white, dark, percentage of cocoa
Cadbury, Darrel Lea, Nestle
sugar content, fat content
flavour, flavor, additives
fulfilment (emotional, physical)
joy, enjoyment, pleasure, satisfaction, satisfied
mood, emotions, comfort food, depression
endorphins, antioxidants, brain chemicals, blood sugar levels
You might create a concept map to group your keywords.
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