A few words of friendly advice from mocks.ie
What is a Mind-Map?
A mind map is a kind of framework. It is a way of helping you to organise, visualise and summarise. Its purpose is to give you a better way to store information on one page. Many topics can be studied and revised easier and more meaningfully by making a mind map. Mind maps can be made by hand or by using a special program on the computer.
Information and ideas can then be added which branch from this central topic, and can be linked or grouped together using colours, text and pictures.
• Refer to free downloadable mind mapping software:
Book Reference: Mind Maps for Kids- An introduction –the shortcut to success at school. Author: Tony Buzan.
How to Make a Mind Map
- Take a blank piece of paper (without lines) and turn it sideways
- Start from the centre of the page and work towards the edges.
- Make the centre a clear and strong picture that shows the main point of the map. Or use a word or two as a title. You may draw a circle around it.
- For the first sub-heading or point, draw a line out from the circle in any direction.
- On this line or at the end of it, draw a picture or write a key word to show this new point. Circle this too.
- For individual facts to do with this point, draw new lines out.
- Go back to the centre, to record your next sub-heading.
- Your map will resemble the spreading branches or roots of a tree.
- Print in lower case letters
- Use only one or a few words at a time.
- Use pictures or symbols. They may be better than words for you.
- Use colour for different branches, ideas or links.
- Use colour to make things stand out. (Anything that stands out on the page will stand out in your mind.)
- Think in 3-D.
- Use arrows to show links between different parts.
- Don't get stuck in one area. If you dry up in one area, go to another branch.
- Put ideas down as they come to you, wherever they fit. You don’t have to finish one part, before starting another. Don't judge or hold back.
- If you run out of space, don't start a new sheet; paste more paper onto the map.
- Be creative. Creativity aids memory.
- Mind Maps can give you an effective method of taking notes and planning essays.
- Mind Maps will help you see the structure of a subject, the important facts and how they are linked.
- Your Mind Maps are yours alone. Once you understand how to make them you can develop your own ways to take things further. Do not be afraid to invent. The more you make the quicker and the better you will get at making them.
- As you get better, you will see how useful they are to you.
Web-based mind maps:
To actually make your own mind map online the following websites are very useful; many of them are free or allow you to have a free trial before you buy. Below are a few that are available online:
Useful iPhone and Android applications that can help students with study skills
The iPhone keyboard: This accelerates your typing because it tracks what you type, then suggests words, corrects spelling and inserts punctuation for you. The trick is to just type away and trust the intelligence of the keyboard.
SimpleMind: This is a very easy-to-use mind mapping tool for the iPhone.
The free version lets you create and export Mind Maps in the SimpleMind format, and the pay version lets you export your mind maps in OMPL, Freemind, PDF and PNG formats.
OI notepad: This is a simple notepad that shows a list of notes. It allows you to create, edit, delete, and send notes.
Note Everything: This is a notepad application where you can create different types of notes in one app, including text-, paint-, voice-, checklist- and photo-notes. Your notes can be organised in folders.
Voice recorder: This application is a handy voice recorder where the data are recorded to a SD card