Mindmaps are officially defined as: “a diagram used to visually organize information”. We must admit, this definition sound a lot less exciting than mindmaps actually are! Mindmaps were introduced in the 1970’s and are becoming more and more popular in contemporary education. Here, we will run you through all the FAQ’s, benefits and functions of mindmaps!
What are mindmaps?
A mindmap is a way to visualise the structure of a content or several concepts. They usually look like a tree, and are somewhat analogous to trees as we know them! In the centre of mindmaps, you put the central theme of what you have to study. This theme consists of several subparts, which in turn have their subparts as well. By seeing the structure, it is easier to study difficult subjects. Here is why!
Mindmaps help you break it down
When you cant seem to get a hold of a difficult topic, it can be very helpful to dissect the topic. By dissecting, we mean you break the topic down in to smaller parts. This way, you can see which part is different, or difficult, and key to understanding the whole topic.
Mindmaps help you view the links
After dissecting a topic, it is a lot easier to see how the subparts are linked to one another. Understanding the relationship between all those concepts, is key to mastering the subject and passing your exam. So, speaking in terms of trees: you put the branches and the leaves together! Structure is everything!
Mindmaps are eyecatchers
After linking all the subparts, you are left with an absolute eyecatcher. Once you have broken down the parts, linked them and restructured them, you can see the topic as a whole, in one glance! This makes it very effective for not only studying your content, but also for reviewing quickly. Right before your exams, it is very helpful to see the structure of your book in 1 glance!
Who should use mindmaps?
Research suggests that many students are visually set. This means that many of us understand things better by thinking in images. Although mindmaps are for everybody, those who are visually set should definitely give mindmaps a try! If you visualise the text of your book, you will remember it better. This is because you also involve the visual part of your brain into your learning process. This part is sensitive to forms, figures and colours. This is why we advise you to use as many colours and illustrations in your mindmap if you make one! This creative process strenghtens your memory. As we all know, our memory is what we depend on during our exam!
When to use mindmaps?
Mindmaps can be used during a lot of study activities: Think of the start of an essay or your thesis! When you try to come up with a topic, or a structure for your thesis, a mindmap is a great way to brainstorm about a logical structure. For studying for an exam, a mindmap is also very suitable. If you look at your textbook, the table of contents is basically the structure of a mindmap. Thus, summarizing your book in a mindmap is a very good idea!
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