A picture paints a thousand words. MindMaps 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 MindMap 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 Leaving Cert MindMaps, I have attempted to capture the essence of every core topic in each individual MindMap.
Pure MindMaps often contain images and just key words. However, unless you have created the MindMap 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 MindMaps so that they will allow other students to get to the heart of the subject matter. Take a look at the free sample MindMaps 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 MindMap 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 MindMaps instead.
When starting to work on each individual MindMap, try to use highlighters in various colours to make the MindMaps 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 MindMaps 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 MindMaps, it is recommended that you study them branch by branch until you have a general sense of the layout and detail.
Committing MindMaps to memory is a five step process. If starting from scratch, the very action of creating the MindMap is Step 1. Step 2 is reading through each branch an hour later. If you have purchased any of my MindMaps, Step 1 is redundant and you actually start at Step 2. Step 3 sees you repeating this process of reading each branch of the MindMap the following day. Step 4 involves reading each branch of the MindMap the following week and Step 5 involves doing so the following month. If you follow this process, the MindMaps will remain in your long term memory indefinitely. Simply periodically review the subject matter and try to picture each MindMap by looking upward and to the left, without looking at the MindMap.
Some of the benefits of MindMaps include the following
- They allow students to quickly recognise relationships between ideas
- The process of building or adding to existing MindMaps can help build understanding on any topic
- MindMaps 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
- MindMaps support personalised learning to complement different learning styles
- They provide a visual platform to collate and group information from different sources