Key Word List & Glossary

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing


Key Word List

The Key Word List is the list of key words in a subject that are arranged in a logical sequence. The key words represent the concepts in that subject.

Prepare a key word list as you study the books on a subject. The first key word on the list should be the title of the subject. For example, when you are studying mathematics, start the key word list with the word MATHEMATICS. 

The key word list shall get longer as you proceed with your studies. Rearrange the sequence of the key words now and then to reflect the development of the concepts in that subject. For example, the beginning key words for mathematics may be arranged in a sequence as follows

Mathematics, digit, number, place value, count, add, subtract, multiply, divide, …

For a general subject, such as, ‘Human Condition’, you may first throw a key word list together, and then, start arranging these key words in a logical sequence as you study the subject. For example, the beginning key word list for ‘Human condition’ could be

Human condition, body, mind, spirit, self, consciousness, identity, thought, emotion, sensation, …



In the same document, which contains the Key Word List in correct sequence, add a Glossary in which these same key words are arranged in an alphabetical order. The Glossary shall provide the meaning, explanations and notes for the key words. A person can then clear the understanding of these key words in the correct sequence by looking them up in the Glossary.

For example, see Subject: Human Condition.

To arrive at the Glossary, you may first copy the Glossary provided with the book. Then you add further explanations and notes as you subject clear the book. If the explanations and notes are large, you may publish them as a separate document and link it to the key word in the Glossary.



As you prepare the Key Word list and the Glossary, it may lead to many insights and new ideas on the subject. The earliest concepts in a subject shall appear at the top of the Key Word List. Subsequent concepts shall proceed from there, in a logical sequence. 

You may also come up with anomalies in the subject. The closer an anomaly is to the top of the Key Word List, the more significant it is, as its resolution is bound to lead to a major corrections in the subject. This may even lead to major discoveries, new key words and new organization of knowledge.

The tracking down of the anomalies and finally resolving them is the most fruitful part of subject clearing. When there are anomalies in the fundamentals of a subject, their resolution is of the greatest priority.


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