Applying information starts by understanding it. As you analyze information, pay close attention to the patterns and relationships you see. Think critically as you appraise the information and come to understand it. Once you have done this, the next step is to apply what you have learned by using the information to accomplish a specific task, to form a new opinion, to solve a problem, to take a stand on an issue, or to create something new. This application may take various forms that include sharing your new idea on a discussion board, writing a research paper, delivering a presentation, or putting it to practice in a clinical situation.