In every educational institute, we come across three different kinds of students- in the first category, students are very intelligent and often score maximum marks, another is slightly dim-witted students and the third category of students usually lie between these two, “the mediocre” ones. For almost the majority of students, studying efficiently for scoring 90 plus in exams is not less than a nightmare especially for a mediocre and a below-average student.
There are some important parameters which play an important role in getting good marks such as discipline, consistency and the way of studying and the performance of every student depends upon how the student has managed these three things. Learners try different methods for studying, some prefer to only read and do rot-learning of most answers; others may rot learn certain concepts and then write it down for speed and longer retention of concept and also, students in higher classes make their written notes either by rote-learning some points or by understanding the concepts and then writing notes in their own language. But actually, the main issue that arises is that there is no one method that is suitable for every learner out of these three mentioned study methods.
Unfortunately, there are many incidences in which students are unable to score good marks even if they maintain good discipline in their life, leading to underconfidence depression, etc; hence there is a strong need for learners to change their way to learn any concept. However, there is good news for any keen learner that there is a method of studying and making notes in a slightly different manner which if a person follows diligently during their academic schedule, then they can surely achieve success and his boon is called “mind-mapping”
A mind-map is a diagram for representing tasks, words, concepts, or items linked to and arranged around a central concept or subject using a law nonlinear graphical layout that allows the user to build the intuitive Framework around a central concept.
The main credit for introducing students all over the world to mind mapping goes to this British author and T.V personality Tony Buzan, who popularized the term “mind-map” in the 1970s in his BBC T.V series, “Use Your Head” and in his Books, such as “Modern mind-mapping for smarter thinking”. Porphyry of Tyre, a third-century philosopher in Greece and Rome, is credited with visually mapping Aristotle’s Categories. His invention, the Porphyrian Tree, didn’t include illustrations, but other thinkers added those later. In the 13th Century, philosopher Ramon Llull also used this type of diagram, including an illustrated Porphyrian tree.
Why Is There a Need for Mind-Mapping?
It has often been observed that students sometimes study aimlessly, each day changing their techniques of studying leading to just wastage of time without any actual fruitful learning. Even if some students are very hardworking and sincere, sometimes they may also end up making notes that include even unnecessary details which may create a lot of chaos and confusion for students to retain relevant information till D-Day. Hence, mind-mapping proves to be a very hassle-free method for preparing illustrative and colorful notes/ diagrams/maps of any of the concepts and it has been seen to be a very time-efficient way of getting through the note-making process and thus, covering any subject syllabus in a shorter span of time.
Benefits of Making Mind-Maps
● Enables meaningful learning and saves time.
● It helps with memorization and retention of the concept.
● Makes complex issues easier to understand.
● Increases productivity and ignites creativity.
● Instills an interest in studying further.
How to Create a Mind-Map for Studies?
Step-1: Determine the main idea of what you are studying in that chapter. The central Idea serves as the starting point and it is similar to that of the main heading start at the center of the paper where you will write the main point.
Step-2: The next step is to branch out from the central idea. All the next important connections of the central Idea or branched out. Branches are similar to subheadings.
Step-3: Now each branch will further divide into smaller branches which are basically sub-branches. One must use appropriate keywords for better concept clarity.
Step-4: Draw the complete network of each branch one after the other. Branch out more if necessary, use keywords not exceeding more than two words to label the branches. And You are done with your Mind-Map.
These days, there are a good number of websites, mobile apps which can make your mind maps but it is always recommended that we must make our own mind maps of blank paper since it will promote more brainstorming and creativity.
Hence, in my opinion, every person who wants to understand and retain any concept for a longer time must try to make mind maps by first going through the concept’s topic, understand it and then create its map, but to reap its 100% benefits one must be consistent and dedicated to his/her study schedule, otherwise even this strong tool would also fail to fetch a person top grades. Therefore consistency, availability of good resources to study from, and finally making mind maps can surely give any student the taste of being a better or best student.