You are a student and think the school sucks, study sucks, life sucks? Did you ever think that the study can be fun and cool? Did you ever consider studying could be interesting process? Sure, Mind Mapping makes it so. There are 7 ways a student can start Mind Mapping and this is what you can achieve with it: get better results, improve your memory and spend less time actually making notes – surely that’s worth a read!
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1) Making Notes
As a student you receive lot of information and you need to make a notes on it. Mind Maps are an excellent way for students to do it. You are being told a ton of facts and figures and surely you feel that you have no way to get it all down and remember it. Mind Maps will help you to note down only the most important information using key words. Next you make connections between facts and ideas visually. As a result you keep all of your topic thoughts together on one sheet.
This way you can reduce pages of notes into one single side of paper. You get one visual resource to refer to. Later when reviewing your notes, you will remember the information more quickly.
2) Planning an Essay
Certainly you wondered many times where to start when creating an essay plan. Or, when you make a plan, do you find it hard to stick to? Perfect solution is to create a Mind Map. You will generate more ideas quickly. The radial structure helps you quickly see the connecting topics, main paragraphs and structure.
This way you make a realistic plan for your essay, and create a logical structure for the introduction, main sections and conclusions. Mind Mapping focuses your mind on the message you want to get across and the key information you want to include, making you less likely to go off topic or start rambling – a great tool for making sure you hit the marking criteria.
3) Studying for Exams
Definitely students hate studying for exams. Having to go back through piles of notes, forgetting what they were about in the first place! Using Mind Mapping you simply review the notes you have made on each subject, and Mind Map the key information you need to remember.
To check that you have memorised this information, you can create a new Mind Map with only the main topic branches, and then fill in the rest from memory. You will find that you will have remembered more, and maintained the connections between ideas – ideal for answering exam questions!
4) Creative Inspiration
Have you ever tried to write a story, paint a picture or plan an essay but had no ideas to start with? Mind Mapping sparks billions of creative ideas, for students to turn into the next great novel or artwork! Mind Maps work in the same way as your brain, meaning that when you have a thought – this could be an image, a word or a feeling – this instantly sparks off hundreds of connecting ideas.
Mind Maps are just a way of representing this process on paper, so start Mind Mapping and you’ll find thousands of ideas flooding out. Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Mapping says that when you start Mind Mapping students should note down any ideas that they have – no matter how crazy or random! This is where the best creative plans come from – so don’t be afraid to be off the wall…
5) Problem Solving
Maybe you have to solve a tough equation or obstacle. Mind Mapping can help you to see things clearly. It helps to open up many possibilities and options to solve the problem.
When you Mind Map for a solution, you can add any ideas or resources you can think of, and the nature of Mind Mapping means that you spark off more possibilities from your original thoughts. You can then refine your Map for the most practical or realistic solutions available. For students, by Mind Mapping a solution to your problem, you should become focused on the many options you have, and then choose the quickest/easiest/best one for your problem.
6) Making Presentations
Making presentations at school, college or university is a great way of showing that you know the subject well and are confident to talk about it. With Mind Maps you do not read from sheets of notes. With Mind Mapping you only have keywords and images to stimulate your memory, so you automatically present in a more conversational way as you keep eye contact with your audience.
When preparing your presentation Mind Map, you only keep the most interesting facts and information, and you lay it out in a clear structure. You can even add numbers to order your talking points.
7) Group Study
Group study can be a really fun way for students to share their knowledge, and Mind Mapping can help you to get the best out of a brainstorming session. First, you should make an individual Mind Map of your thoughts on the topic, as this will focus your mind on your own ideas and opinions – not all the other students’!
Then when you join together, you can combine your ideas with your friends’, without losing your personal insights on the topic, creating a new Mind Map with everyone’s ideas.
Interested in Mind Mapping? There are even wider scope of possibilities if you use iMindMap software on your computer or iPhone.
You can get a FREE trial of iMindMap, the only Mind Mapping software from Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Maps.