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All fundamentals about Mind Mapping for Students Preparing for Competitive Exams

Why can’t you score top marks in your class?
You are studying all the time. Still, your performance is poor.
What is your problem?

I faced all these questions in my school days. I had studied more than 7 hours, excluding my class hours in a day. Despite my hard work, I couldn’t score good marks than an average student who only studied 3 or 4 hours a day. Do you like me? Do you wish to know the technique to score better in your exams?

My classmates’ technique to score top marks during school days was realized by me only in my graduation final year.

The technique is simple. They did smart work rather than hard work.
They used mind maps. Every student has almost equal memory power to remember nearly the same contents after studying. The technique of mind maps is helpful in storing more and revising it in a simple way. This is really a method to boost your memory.

What is a mind map?

A mind map is a hierarchical graphic diagram that links a principal concept to its associated ideas through words and images using lines and arrows. It is relatively easier to memorize things visually than by reading information. Different types of Mind Maps are used for different purposes. 

Why is it beneficial to use Mind Map ideas for students?

Mind mapping is a good way to learn, understand, and explain an idea to people, whether used in academia or the corporate world. Mind map ideas are useful for students. It helps them to disintegrate information and learn it easily and quickly. They can write things in fewer words during classes giving them more time to listen and understand. Also, it is easy to learn for exams.  

Below are a few simple Mind Map examples for students:

Note-taking Mind Maps- During lectures, the most common way for students to take notes is by writing complete sentences. This way, they have to mug up a lot of pages of information during exams which is difficult to remember. Note-taking Mind Map is the best mind mapping for students to learn easily and retain it for a longer time by using keywords and pictures. It helps in time-saving during a lecture and is easy for later review.

Homework Mind Maps- One of the creative Mind Map ideas for students is to use a Homework Mind Map. No student needs to risk a chance of forgetting their home assignments. They can build a Homework Mind Map just like a to-do list and note the essential materials and the deadlines as they come and check them off after getting them done.

Brainstorming Mind Maps- Every student has to do brainstorming for their academic projects like essay writing. A mind map is a beneficial tool for this purpose. The students can either draw different small mind maps, or they can draw a single mind map with several branches and sub-branches. Also, if stuck at some point, the use of blank side streams is helpful to push your brain to create new ideas. 

Class Presentation Mind Maps- Known to be an effective technique, Mind Maps are quite useful for class presentations. Quick to create and easy to explain, it is a terrific way to impress your teachers and acquire good grades in such assignments.

Semester Plan Mind Maps- Creating a mind map that assists you in keeping up with your class schedules, course materials, examination schemes, etc., is a good way to avoid missing any significant lectures or any other activities throughout the semester.  

How to prepare Mind Maps for students for competitive exams?

As mentioned earlier, mind mapping for students is a profitable way to study. Let’s find out how to make maps for studying for competitive exams like NEET, JEE, IAS, etc. The students from 6th standard start preparing for such competitive exams. They join coachings, set up a daily schedule for its preparation, and more. Drawing Mind Maps for self-study or even for coaching students is a great way to understand complex topics and break them into simpler form. It aids in creating a clear image of the concept through colorful graphic diagrams.

Any student can create a Mind Map for competitive exams by following simple steps:

  • Take a plain sheet of paper (landscape is mostly used) and write the topic you are drawing a mind map for in the center.
  • Draw thicker streams from the chief concept to note the sub-concepts using different colors. Noting down the key topic and sub-headings with different colors makes it easy to differentiate between them and recall them later.
  • Now map out thick branches from these sub-headings to jot down the significant points to learn for each of them.
  • Keep elaborating the lines, extending them into thin branches, noting the points for each & every sub-division until the topic is finished.
  • The use of images in such mind maps to note down the important points also makes it simple to learn and remember.
  • Focus on not losing the connectivity between the topic, headings, and sub-headings, along with the other fundamental points you note down for them.

Primary points to remember while mind mapping for students:

  • Use essential words, short phrases, or images to draw a mind map. Writing long sentences makes it lose its purpose.
  • Use different colors and highlight your points according to their significance.
  • Use simple language and give proper space between each heading, sub-headings, and their points.
  • Use capital letters for each heading and write in bold wherever necessary. 
  • Different shapes and geometrical patterns can also be used to make it more graphical.
  • Remember to go through the mind map after completing it to check the connectivity of the whole chart.

Mind Mapping for students is a productive way to understand and learn things faster and also to keep a hold on it for a long time. Several education institutions and teachers use Mind Maps to teach. Many of them give Mind Map assignments to the students to assess their understanding of the curriculum. Various Mind Mapping books like How to Mind Map: The Ultimate Thinking Tool That Will Change Your Life by Tony Buzan are also available which can guide not only the students and teachers but people from other fields too to benefit from Mind Map ideas. According to him, “A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain. It harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner.”

Frequently Asked Questions

1.How do you make a mind map for students?

Answer- Follow the steps written above in the blog to make a productive mind map for students.

2.What is the best mind map for students?

Answer- Note-taking Mind Maps and Brainstorming Mind Maps are the best mind maps for students as they help them learn and understand the concepts well and push their minds to the best of their capability in doing their assignments.

3.How do you use Mind Mapping in the classroom?

Answer- Mind Mapping is a useful tool that can be used for class presentations by the students and teachers. Teachers can use it for mapping out their lesson plans with it too.

4.How can I learn mind mapping?

Answer- Learning mind mapping is easier these days as we have Mind Mapping books available for it, and also several online organizations providing Mind Mapping training to people. It is exclusively available for the students preparing for competitive exams like JEE, NEET, PCS, etc.

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