Key Word List & Glossary

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

Prepare a key word list as you study a subject. The key words contain the key concepts of the subject. They make up the vocabulary of that subject. Keep this list on a separate document. 

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. 

Keep in mind that each section that you are studying in your materials is talking about some key word. The comment for that section would summarize the key thought of that section. Check to see if that key thought should be added to the meaning of that key word on Key Word List / Glossary.


Key Word List

If you already know the other key words in the subject, add them to the list in the sequence those concepts fit logically. For example, the beginning key word list for mathematics could be

Mathematics, digit, number, place value, count, add, subtract, multiply, divide, etc. 

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, self, consciousness, identity, body, mind, spirit, “I”, thought, emotion, aberration, etc.

The Key Word List is the key words of a subject arranged in a logical sequence.



Below the Key Word List, start a Glossary in which arrange the key words and their meanings in alphabetical order. For example, see Subject: Human Condition.

The meanings in the Glossary shall consist of broad concept, definition and explanatory notes. You may find the broad concept listed under ‘history’, ‘origin’, or ‘etymology’ of the word in a dictionary. For example, the broad concept that is expressed by the word ARITHMETIC is “number skill.”


Standard and Glossary Definition

You may, at first, define a word in the glossary with a standard definition from a dictionary, and keep adding explanatory notes as you study the subject. As the notes become abundant, convert them into a precise explanation of the concept underlying that word. As a result, the definition of the word may get modified.  If a modification from standard definition is made, write a proper explanation for that modification.


Explanatory Notes

The explanatory notes under the words in the glossary come from the comments you wrote in the study materials. You may condense those notes in a separate article as appropriate, and link that article to the glossary. When condensing these notes keep the logical sequence of the key word in mind. This may lead to insights as well as an awareness of possible anomalies. The tracking down of anomalies is the most fruitful part of subject clearing.


Anomalies and Fundamentals

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.  The closer an anomaly is to the top of the Key Word List, the more significant it is, because its resolution shall influence a major part of the subject. This may lead to major discoveries, new key words and new branches of knowledge. Resolution of anomalies at the fundamentals of subjects is always a priority. 


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