MindMapping Software

MindMaps for revision

Thinking in pictures

MindMaps were invented by Tony Buzan, to reflect the way the mind works. A MindMap uses many parts of the brain at once and therefore gives you a better chance of recalling it later. It is made up of words, colours, lines and pictures. It’s easy to do and will help you to remember things because it helps you to get information in and out of your brain.

As well as using it for brainstorming ideas, it can be used for revision as its structure mimics the way the brain naturally makes connections and associations and so helps to trigger your memory.

We use  and heartily recommend Tony Buzan’s iMindMap Ultimate because it has so many useful features and lots of flexibility.

Why not register for a free trial and see for yourself what iMindMap can do for your revision?

The revision notes that most people make, actually obscure the keywords, i.e. the salient points and they therefore find it difficult to remember what they’ve revised. So they spend ages going over the same stuff, which just doesn’t stay in their head. Or they write copious notes which also takes ages and wastes time because you end up writing far more than you actually need.

In any case, these notes are boring and send your brain to sleep!

MindMapping on the other hand saves you time – between 50 and 95%, because you only need to write keywords. It also saves you time when it comes to reviewing your revision notes because MindMaps allow you to concentrate on the important stuff – yes! You guessed it!  Keywords! Because they stand out on the page they also stand out in your mind, which makes them easier to remember

Your brain finds it easier to remember the associations and relationships on a MindMap, and they encourage a desire for learning and progress. The brain is stimulated and becomes increasingly alert and receptive.

Your revision speeds up.

Scientific studies have found:

•   MindMapping improves the long-term memory of factual information in medical students by 10% [Farrand, Hussain and Hennessey (2002)]

•   MindMapping helps children recall words up to 32% more effectively than using lists. [Toi (2009)]

•   MindMaps encourage memory techniques such as chunking. Chunking helps us use our short-term memory more effectively. [Glass and Holyoak (1986)]

•   MindMapping is perceived as fun, interesting and motivating. [Goodnough and Woods (2002)]

•   It encourages enthusiasm and a sense of skill in mastering assigned material. [Mento et al, (1999)]

MindMapping is ideal for revision, but look at some of the other uses:

Uses of MindMaps

What can you use MindMaps for?

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