How Students Could Use Mind-Mapping Technique To Organize Information?

Students are making a lot of notes while they are at school. They could do this when they read their textbook and attend classes. When preparing for exams, it is important to make sure that we can comfortably review our notes. In reality, there are right and wrong methods when it comes to taking notes. Many people feel that one note-taking method is better than others, but what works best for everyone, may not be a good thing for someone. This happens because people have unique behaviour and learning methods. Traditionally, note taking is a very passive way to record information. Our brain has minimal interaction with the information. Once we write it down, we may forget it.

In this case, we should tell our brain to actively organize information, so retention of information can be performed much easily. Some people are much better in visual learning, so they should include drawings and graphs. They could even include cartoon characters to remind them of something very important related to the topic. People who are great in listening information should tape-record the information, instead of writing it. Regardless of the methods used, many people could perform well and retain more information by using the mind mapping technique. More information can be remembered with much less efforts.

We should use mind map or memory map. This technique is quite simple and we often only need a piece of paper. The whole page can be filled with notes and it is important for us to keep the size of our writing reasonable. With practice, we should be able to judge the best layout. As we read a book and listen to the lecturer, we should determine the central theme, as an example, the socio-politic condition of East Asia during Cold War. Once we determine the main theme, we will be able to determine the main theme. In this case, we don’t need to write down a long paragraph. We should use enough themes that can bring ideas back into our mind.

We should keep reading and listening, until we come across the first significant sub-theme. We should allocate a pot for the sub-theme and we could jot down a number of keywords. We may even allocate places for sub-sub-theme, preferably only a short sentence each. After completing the first major sub-theme, we should look for the second one. Then, we could write down more information to summarize our new idea and circles may need to be drawn around these words.

There are different layouts that we can use. One of the most popular is by writing the main theme at the middle of the paper and we can draw several spokes that radiate from it. Other layout is by making a standard list, with the main theme placed on the top, followed by the first major sub-theme, the second and so on. Students could experiment with the best layout based on the preferences and learning method. By mind mapping a subject, we will be able to organize our information much easily.


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