Human Biology mind maps

How to mind mapWhat do you do if you don’t understand something?

Keep reading the same sentence over and over again? Maybe that will work. Maybe it won’t.

Or you could grab some coloured pens and mind map out the content.

This is what I do when I’m struggling to understand something. And this has worked for me without fail for the past 10 years.

Whilst I’m sold on mind mapping, I realise you may not be. Common barriers to mind mapping are time (“It takes too long”) and the perception of a lack of artistic ability (“I can’t draw”).

But here’s the thing: I’m time poor and I can’t draw particularly well but I haven’t let that stop me.

You see, mind mapping is actually insanely easy to do and if you practice and silence your inner critic you can save a whole heap of time studying.

A student recently said to me –

“I thought mind mapping would take a lot of time to do but actually it saves me time because I don’t have to read my notes over and over anymore”

Mind mapping helps you to study less because you understand the information at a deep level as a result of creating mind maps. If you just read your notes over and over chances are you’ll only understand the content at a superficial level and you’re going to waste a lot of time.

So if you’re serious about reclaiming your time and being able to study less and do more of the things you really want to do, then it’s worth giving mind mapping a shot.

Below are 5 important things you should keep in mind when you first start mind mapping.

1. Draw Pictures, even if they look rubbish

Draw lots of pictures. When you get sick of drawing, take a deep breathe and continue to draw some more pictures.

The Picture Superiority Effect shows that humans retain more information about an idea when it’s conveyed as a picture than just using words on their own (check out this 30 second explanation).

You don’t actually have to draw pretty pictures on your mind maps. Pretty, intricate pictures are actually a distraction from doing what you have to do when you mind map: learn information at a deep level.

And if the picture is absurd and exaggerated, that’s even better for aiding memory retention and recall.

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