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What are Mind Maps?

What are Mind Maps?

Mind maps are a visual representation of information, with branches representing subtopics from a common idea.


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Literature is not only a mirror; it is a map, a geography of the mind.



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No facts - Just concepts

It will save you significant amounts of time if you omit specific facts from a lecture. Instead, cover broad topics with each node. You can always search things up.


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Branching out

The initial branches should still be general. As you branch out further, and the radial tree gets more complex, the nodes become more specific in scope.

Don't jot facts here. This should just be a title of the subtopic, or concept.


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The Slash Mind Map

The Slash Mind Map

The slash mind map utilizes slashes in favor of classic notes. You can have branches which cover more specific information.


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The Guide

  1. Start with your main idea
  2. Add branches to this idea
  3. Add images/colors
  4. Continue branching


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Final Thoughts

I have started to use mind maps more often, and I love them. They force you to take what the lecturer says, and summarize it as simply as possible. Further, you have to break that summary into logical, coherent parts. I can take a glance at my lesson summaries, and see the general flow of the lec...


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If you are a visual learner, and find joy in aesthetic colors/images, you can supplement the mind map structure with auxiliary images.

Try to do this after the lecture is over.


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The Importance of Mind Maps

Because of various benefits which one can reap from Mind Maps, it will help you succeed in academia, or in the workplace. They allow you to bridge the gap between the thought and the capture, thus improving retention.


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The Main Idea

Make a node in your mind map, generally the title of the lecture, or the main idea of the current slide.

Remember - stay as general as possible.


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Founder & Lead Writer @ EdEfficiency - The Productivity Blog for Students. Website Developer, Entrepreneur

I recently wrote an article on my blog, EdEfficiency, on the topic of Mind Maps. I started implementing them in my Biology lectures, and saw miraculous results. I was able to remember more content, and had easy notes to reference later on.


Mind Mapping

Mind maps are the best way to visually and textually organize your ideas, projects, thoughts, and tasks in a way that gives you a structure and sensibly links related concepts.

  • Mind maps have many levels. Some calls these branches, as in a tree. 
  • In the center, you ha...

Mind Map It

Mind Map It

A common reason for feeling stuck on a project is because there’s too much information to process, causing you to lose clarity on your end goal.

Mind mapping is a visual note-taking style to help you get your ideas out on paper. Essentially, you’re making a map of how all of your ideas rela...

Everyday Memorization Techniques

  • Make new connections that are visual (and perhaps outrageous): Turn the sound of names into a visual representation and anchor it to a physical picture of whatever you want to remember; Animate the images to easily remember them; Engage as ma...

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