Book Definition: The mnemonic strategy of first approaching the material to be learned "as a whole", forming an impression of the overall meaning of the material. The details are later associated with this overall impression.

In Your Own Words

  • Learning the "Big Picture" before learning the details associated to it.
  • Understanding the basics before learning the techniques.
  • Getting the over view of something before beginning to learn the smaller details.
  • General learning first then getting specific.
  • Abstract learning before concrete learning.
  • Simliar to Top-Down Processing. (Big picture first-then smaller details)


  • Reading the headings and main points of what you need to study before actually reading the material.
  • At first, you only learn how to pass a soccer ball, then you learn how to pass the ball to your teammate's feet on the run.
  • Reading a sparknotes plot summary of a book before you sit down to the book.
  • Prior to reading the whole chapter of a textbook, you read the vocabulary terms to get the basic view on the material.
  • Writing down a math problem, then looking into what to solve.
  • Going to psychlopedia to get an outline of the chapter and then read the chapter afterwards.
  • Reading the plot line of a book or movie before reading or watching it.
  • Sight reading through the music before practicing the parts you have difficulty and focusing on important details such as notes, intonation, and dynamics.
  • The Core Concepts in our psychology books give us a basic idea of what we will learn in the next section before we read it.
  • In middle school, we take social studies classes in a broad view. In high school, you take us govt and us history and world history in more detail.
  • Finding the answer to a math problem in the back of the book then going through the steps to get that answer.
  • Reading the title and subtitles of a chapter, then going back to read in detail.

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