6. Use different colored
pencils or markers for related topics.
7. Draw as many pictures and symbols as you can.
8. When you've completed each branch, enclose it
in a different colored border.
9. Add to each map regularly. In this way
it's easy to start with the overview and then build up your Mind Map as you learn more key
points about each subject.
13. Easy ways to retrieve what you've
Since the brain stores information by patterns and
associations, and Mind Maps record it in the same way, then it's sensible to use the same
methods for easy recall.
Here some more brain-knowledge will come in handy. Your
brain has both a short-term and a long-term memory. And that's fortunate. You come to an
intersection as the traffic light is turning red, and you stop. The lights turn green and
you go. Your long-term memory has learned and remembered the rules about traffic lights.
But your short-term memory doesn't have to remember each of the thousands of times you
stop for the red light.
So how do you store and retrieve the information you
need for long-term use? Partly by patterns and associations.
Mind Mapping is just one method. Another is to use all
your intelligence-centers, including those involved with rhyme, rhythm, repetition and
music. You don't have to spend hours on boring rote memory. As you've read this book,
highlighted key phrases and subheadings and made a Mind Map of the main points, we suggest
you do two things immediately you've finished:
1. Immediately re-skim the key points you've
2. Redo your Mind Map. This will also help you link
your main lessons: by pattern and association. Almost certainly, if you're new to Mind
Mapping, you'll have found it difficult to list each key point in only one word. But try
to do so. It's very important.
Then tonight, not too long before you're thinking of
sleeping, play some relaxing music. Take another look at your Mind Map. Try to think of
the main lessons you have learned; try to visualize them.
Think of the associations - because that state of
almost reverie, just before sleep, is a vital part of the learning process.
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