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How to incorporate mind maps into your studies
Updated 5 October 2018
Mind maps are a powerful tool before you study and at the end for quick revision. At the beginning of your studies, wads of pages in a textbook, notes in exercise books and loose-leaf printouts are not going to give you a very clear picture of the topics and concepts covered in the subject. This overwhelming amount of information (organised or not) can cause anxiety issues in the best students. The index in a textbook can give you a topic outline but mind maps give you this as well as all the major concepts relating to them. That's powerful.
Use it first
So it makes sense to review the mind map before you start studying the subject, at the very least, to make sure you're studying the right things! Our mind maps are in fact condensed versions of our question cards (we'll explain why later) so you will get an instant birds-eye view of everything you're about to study in the deck, organised perfectly.
As you go through the mind map at this point, take a look at the topic branches. Are there topics that are not required for the upcoming exam? Hopefully, you will have a good idea about the specific topics you need to study from an assessment notification or from the teacher's mouth. If not, ask!
If there are topics that are not needed, simply strip the question cards relating to them out of your deck of flashcards, or to be very efficient, don't print them in the first place.
Next up - the serious task of memorizing the flashcards. Check out the best way to study with our flashcards here.
Use it last
Once all the memorizing is done, the question cards can be put aside. As we said before, our mind maps are condensed versions of our question cards; they either have limited details (like short descriptions and examples) or none, but it is assumed that you are past needing memory-joggers at his stage. The mind map is all that's needed to revise quickly. This is your secret weapon in the final study moments.
How do you do the quick revision with the mind map? Easy. You will notice that every branch has a number - this number is the number of sub-branches that follow. So think of the branch as the question and the sub-branches as the answers. Simply use your hand (or piece of paper) to cover the sub-branches and quiz yourself using the numbers. Move your hand (or paper) across to reveal and check your answers. Give it a go - it's speed studying on steriods!