Mind mapping for examinations

Having taken Mind Map notes throughout your course of study, and having reviewed your Mind Maps at the recommended intervals, you should be more than ready for the examination. All you need to translate your excellent knowledge into excellent performance is the correct approach. • The first step is to read the examination paper fully, selecting the questions you choose to answer, noting in mini-Mind Maps any thoughts that immediately spring to mind on reading the questions, t Next, you have to decide in what order you are going to answer the questions, and how much time you will devote to each, t Resisting the temptation to start answering the first question in detail straight away, do quick-fire Mind Map bursts on all the questions you intend to answer. By following this procedure, you enable your mind to explore, throughout the examination, the ramifications of all the questions regardless of the particular question you are answering at any given time. tNow go back to your first question and do a Mind Map to act as the

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Mmd Aiap ¿>3; Karen Schmidt on school sports (see page 213).

Mzrad Aiap 63; Katarina Naiman for a school project on Sweden (see page 213).

Mind Map by Thomas Enskogfor a school project (see page 213). 4-
James Lee Mind Map
One of the Mind Maps by James Lee that helped him pass exams (see page 216).

framework for your answer. The central image corresponds to your introductory comments, while each of the major branches provides a major subheading or section of the essay. For each extension from your major branches, you should be able to write a paragraph or two. • As you build up your answer you will find that you can begin to cross-refer throughout your knowledge structure, and can conclude by adding your own thoughts, associations and interpretations. Such an answer will demonstrate to the examiner a comprehensive knowledge, an ability to analyse, organise, integrate and cross-refer, and especially an ability to come up with your own creative and original ideas on the subject. In other words you will have achieved top marks!

The Mind Map on page 215 (bottom) is one of hundreds of Mind Maps by student James Lee. He prepared these Mind Maps to help him pass his senior and university entrance examinations. At the age of 15 James missed six months of schooling because of illness and was advised to go back a year in view of the fact that his O-level examinations loomed on the horizon. James persuaded his teachers to let him 'go for it' and started to Mind Map everything in sight! In just three months he did a year's work, and in ten examinations scored seven As and three Bs. The Mind Map on page 215 (bottom) is one that James did for History, outlining the main explanations given for the commencement of the Second World War.

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