“The term elaboration can be used to mean a lot of different things. However, when we are talking about studying using elaboration, it involves explaining and describing ideas with many details. Elaboration also involves making connections among ideas you are trying to learn.”
Elaboration involves asking further questions and making links to help you connect new information with what you already know.
Ask yourself questions about a topic to delve deeper. The more information you have about a specific topic the stronger your grasp and ability to recall.
When you learn about the causes of WW1 you could ask which causes are linked together? Which causes are short or long term? What was the major cause?
Another way to elaborate is to take two ideas or concepts and think about the various ways they are similar and how they are different. For example, the reactivity of Group 1 metals and Group 7 non-metals in chemistry.
Use Venn diagrams, mind maps and knowledge organisers to make synoptic connections with the specification.