If you’re a student, there’s a good chance you’ll have used mind maps as a key part of your revision over the years, and if not you’ll have definitely heard about the benefits before. But, we can often become a bit lazy with our revision techniques, and sometimes the thought of trying something new just isn’t something we want to be doing at this point in the school year.
So, to remind you just how important mind maps really are, here are 5 Reasons why you should make them an integral part of your revision:
- A great way to condense huge chunks of information into much smaller, more memorable points
- It makes revision a bit more exciting! No boring lists, or essays, but good old colouring in and drawing!
- Colours and symbols help you to remember information much easier
- An easy way to make connections between ideas, which is often important for your exams
- Replicates the natural thinking process, meaning your revision is at optimal levels!
There are two ways you can go about creating a mind map – if you enjoy drawing you could do it with your own two hands, but if that doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in then there’s plenty of software online that’ll do it all for you!
Either way, here’s what you need to do:
- At the centre of your page, draw an image that represents a specific topic you’re studying, or write one key word.
- Stemming from this, draw a thick branch for each key point relating to the main topic.
- Then, from each of these thicker branches, draw various thinner branches, acting as sub-headings to these larger concepts.
- Along your branches, write one key word to describe the point, or draw some symbols. Then, at the end of your branches you can go into slightly more detail, but try to use key words/symbols only!
- Finally, make some connections between the branches. Colour is really useful for this, as it’ll aid you when it comes to memorising all of the key information.
And that’s it! Easy, right?
Do you use mind maps as a key part of your revision?
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