Examination Special: Revise with Mind Maps

Examination Special: Revise with Mind Maps
by Reshmi Sen Singh, a freelance soft skill and teacher development trainer based in Bengaluru. 

Active revision is effective revision that helps you apply your knowledge during examinations. Here’s one active revision technique you can use.

Mind Maps: Mind maps engage your whole brain to think. They help you clarify thoughts, simplify ideas and memorise information.

Here’s How You Can Draw a Mind Map:

Step 1: Grab some coloured pens/ pencils and a blank piece of paper. In the centre of the page, based on the subject you are studying, draw the first image that comes to mind. Label the image.

Step 2: Branch off from your central image and create one main idea (think of each branch as a chapter in a book). Label the branch. You can also draw a picture for it.

Step 3: From your main branch, draw some sub-branches and from those sub-branches you can draw even more branches. What you are beginning is an association between ideas.

Step 4: Draw pictures for each branch or for as many branches as possible. Make each picture as funny or memorable as possible. The reason for this is that we think in pictures and remember vivid, exaggerated images more easily.

Step 5: Now think of the second topic under the central idea. Draw another main branch, but this time, use a different colour. Colours help separate out different ideas and keep your mind stimulated. Draw subbranches and pictures.

Stage 6: Keep repeating the above process using different colours, main branches, sub-branches and pictures. Make sure each branch is curved and not a straight line. The brain is more stimulated by curved lines.

Finally you will arrive at a completed mind map. Don’t worry if it’s messy, as long as you understand your writing and drawing!

(Image courtesy ThinkStock)

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