A picture paints a thousand words. Mind Maps are a visual representation of data that clearly shows related information in a format that individual students can easily picture in their mind’s eye. Each branch of a Mind Map represents a subset of a core topic. The further you move away from the centre of the page, the more detailed the structured information will become. With Junior Cert Mind Maps, I have attempted to capture the essence of every core topic in each individual Mind Map.
Pure Mind Maps often contain images and just key words. However, unless you have created the Mind Map yourself this will be insufficient to create understanding and assist with memorisation and recall. For this reason, I choose to put in more detail into the Mind Maps so that they will allow other students to get to the heart of the subject matter. Take a look at the free sample Mind Maps by clicking on one or more of the subject icons below.
The real benefit here comes from the fact that once you have covered the subject matter in class, the Mind Map summaries should be detailed enough to allow you to avoid going back to read the text book in detail again. Your text book simply becomes reference material that you can dip in and dip out of as needs be. This allows you to study the Mind Maps instead.
When starting to work on each individual Mind Map, try to use highlighters in various colours to make the Mind Maps your own. They are already logically structured but the colours will help you remember the structure when you are committing them to memory. While trying to commit the Mind Maps to memory, always look upwards and to the left to implant them in your brain. This is a well known way to access your memory banks. Do the same when trying to recall them. To study and remember Mind Maps, it is recommended that you study them branch by branch until you have a general sense of the layout and detail.
Committing Mind Maps to memory is a five step process. If starting from scratch, the very action of creating the Mind Map is Step 1. Step 2 is reading through each branch an hour later. If you have purchased any of my Mind Maps, Step 1 is redundant and you actually start at Step 2. Step 3 sees you repeating this process of reading each branch of the Mind Map the following day. Step 4 involves reading each branch of the Mind Map the following week and Step 5 involves doing so the following month. If you follow this process, the Mind Maps will remain in your long term memory indefinitely. Simply periodically review the subject matter and try to picture each Mind Map by looking upward and to the left, without looking at the Mind Map.
Some of the benefits of Mind Maps include the following
- They allow students to quickly recognise relationships between ideas
- The process of building or adding to existing Mind Maps can help build understanding on any topic
- Mind Maps are structured to help classify information and work out the information to be included in essays, projects and exam questions
- Having the ability to add colour and graphics aids memory recall for all students
- They are a good motivating tool for those who do not enjoy studying textbooks
- They allow students to see all the information in context, with words and pictures
- Mind Maps support personalised learning to complement different learning styles
- They provide a visual platform to collate and group information from different sources