How to Study with Mind Maps by Mind Map: How to Study with Mind Maps
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How to Study with Mind Maps

1. Preview

Preview the lecture material

Results in a high-level visual map that serves as the initial framework to organize and connect key concepts and make them relevant

Also prepares mind for the information to be discussed in the lecture, resulting in increased interest, participation, and comprehension during the lecture

2. Participate

Participate actively in lectures

Active engagement in the lecture results in a revised key concepts framework (visual map) and further solidifies meaningful learning

3. Process

Process all lecture-related information into your visual map

Process the information from lecture, textbook, and other resources immediately or shortly after the lecture by organizing and connecting key concepts into a further refined and more detailed visual map

All information is processed in a very personal way so that it is meaningful

Helps transfer information from short-term memory to long-term memory

4. Practice

Practice by solving new problems

Key here is to apply what you’ve learned to situations you haven’t encountered before

Use existing knowledge to tackle new problems of all sorts: concrete, abstract, factual, conceptual, and procedural

Gives you “hands-on” experience, helps you review, and further solidifies what you’ve learned

5. Produce

Produce results and new ideas

As you critically think about new information, questions, and problems, your fresh perspective will result in a unique product of your understanding, concepts, experiences, ideas, and reasoning

Your mind will, in effect, produce new knowledge that is already well integrated with your existing knowledge

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