The extreme sport of learning during exams and how a mind map can help you study.

Learning for exams is a difficult stressful thing.

Well, unless you are some kind of Einstein or the teacher’s pet or you just love the thrill of leaving your bed alone to study all night long.

Learning during exams period is an extreme sport but you need to excel and during this period, odds are that the learning materials are too many to get through or there are too many papers to be written all at once

Whatever the problem is, you need smart ways to study a lot in the shortest possible time to pass your exams

This is where mind mapping can be helpful

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the centre of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added.

Every topic can be represented through a mind map. This is how you can get one done as suggested by experts

  1. Start in the centre with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colours.
  2. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.
  3. Select keywords and print using upper or lower case letters.
  4. Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
  5. The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the center.
  6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
  7. Use multiple colours throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping.
  8. Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.
  9. Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.
  10. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches

If these pointers will be difficult to remember, watch this quick video tutorial on how to mind map.

All the best

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