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How to Mind Map to Learn Faster

Avoid Note Taking

Rather than noting every single word that a lecturer speaks, instead try to draw a mind map of the lesson being taught. The basic difference between mind mapping and note taking is that only the essential information is noted in the former case. Furthermore, noting the information in the form of a mind map ensures that the information is stored within your memory for a longer period of time.

Avoid Scribbling

Rather than scribbling and inserting unnecessary information, make sure that your mind map displays only information that is clear and concise. The mind map must be designed in a manner such that is easy to read and review.

Draw Frames

A mind map often starts with a basic subject that is inserted within the center of the paper. Key points are then noted by drawing branches out from the main subject frame. A variety of shapes can be used for noting the key points in order to distinct one key point from another, by topic or by category.

Use Colored Pens

Beginning mind-mappers are often encouraged to use colorful pens, as a colorful diagram is likely to be easier to remember and use, as opposed to a black and white diagram.

Use Block Letters

Block letters (capital letters) can be used for key words to help them stand out. This ensures that the key words and the most important terms are highlighted and easily recalled during the review process.
Mind mapping can significantly accelerate the learning process and allow you to score higher grades. Learning how to create mind maps can take some time, however, especially for students that are in the habit of note-taking. You can initially start by drawing mind maps of information that you have already taking notes about during class. This habit can slowly be implemented during the classroom environment, and gradually replace the notes themselves.
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