Confused? Don’t be what you are looking at could be the difference between you passing or failing your summer exams. This is called a Mind Map, and this example is taken from the Open University’s website.
A Mind Map is basically another way of displaying information to help you remember the important points of a subject or module. Exams are one of the biggest pressures students face and anything that can help you in your quest for the best results can only be a positive thing.
As the academic year may start at various different times for all over you over the coming weeks, perhaps this would be a good time to evaluate how successful your revision methods have been in 2011.
So what are the actual advantages of using Mind Maps? Well they can actually help your brain recall relationships between specific issues or subjects. The visual quality of a Mind Map will also help stimulate your memory to retain more information. This is because it has been proven that the use of colour can stimulate the brain in a more effective way.
Various advocates of the use of Mind Maps have spoken of how they can improve your ability to manage information and the flow of your ideas. This then can lead to increased concentration and confidence in students as they become more comfortable within their specialised area of study.
After all it is never too late or early in your academic life to utilise new ways of getting the best marks. For example your parents didn’t have access to spell check or Wikipedia and most of them managed to make it out of university with some sort of degree.
If you would like to try creating your own Mind Map, watch this space!
As the last hangover of 2011 becomes a distant memory don’t let that happen to last year’s notes. University is all about testing how much information you are gathering in, and about how effectively you can relate that information in an exam situation.
University can be frustrating and sometimes tedious but overall it is like most things in life, you get out of it what you put into it. So why try and map out what you know and plot a course to bigger and better things in 2012.