One of the most useful techniques for revision I've come across is known
as Mind Mapping. I've successfully mind-mapped with many of my GCSE Information
Technology and Geography students with some great results (see later). Mind Mapping
is a fun way to revise and really does seem to work well. It gives the students much
more time to fit in the topics that need to be covered and, I believe, makes revision
So explain Mind Mapping to me!
Mind mapping is a graphical way to arrange a topic onto a piece of paper.
Visually it looks very much like a stylised 'spider-diagram', but contains much
more thought and care in it's spatial arrangement. I'll draw a Mind Map now, step by
step to show you how they're done.
Stage 1: The Topic
In the centre of a piece of A4 plain paper, draw an image that represents the main
theme of revision. As you can see, this image contains a picture and some text.
It acts as the visual anchor for the topic. Therefore the more relevant the
picture the better the Mind Map will be remembered. This example is about
'industry', and will cover industry classification (minor detail only).
Stage 2: The Main Branches
Radiating out from the main topic are the main branches. These contain the main
themes within the topic which need to be revised. In this example the main themes
within the 'Industry' topic are 'Primary', 'Secondary', 'Tertiary', and 'Quaternary'.
Notice how the main branches are different colours and labelled with capital
lettered words. Accompany each with a sketch to fix it in the mind.
Stage 3: The Sub-Branches or topics
Radiating from the main branches are sub-branches. These are the topics and
information that need to be revised. For example, radiating off the 'Primary' Main
branch are sub-branches, each of which contains an example of an industry in this category
(Farming, Fishing, Mining, etc). Add labels in capitals and sketches too, as before.
As you can imagine, Mind Maps can become complex but exciting revision tools which
allow the students (and you) to build up links between the main topics of the map.
Another advantage is that it allows revision to take place using just one A4 page,
although larger sheets can obviously be used for more adventurous projects. It's
easy to see that the above map could be extended to cover case-studies, etc.
Finally, try Mind Mapping not just as a revision technique but also to fortify your
student's notes. Encourage them to Mind Map in lessons; it's a great alternative to
boring old linear notes and provides them with a welcome break from the norm.
|Mind Mapping Tools
||The Mind Mapping Tool is a designed to help
students organise ideas, as part of studying, conducting research, or brainstorming. It
uses a simple
interface to create graphical representations of linked information. This tool is a
part of a larger Basic Skills program being developed at MCLI.
Mapping for Success
||MIind Mapping for success - Easier Exams!
is Mind Mapping?
||Mind Mapping is a powerful technique that
allows you to make the best use of your brain power. Developed by Tony Buzan, the Mind
Mapping technique harnesses the full range of your cortical skills, making you more
productive and creative.