Friday, April 21, 2006

Mind Mapping

So I have mid-semester exams coming up and have decided to adopt the mind map strategy which I have read about in Tony Buzan's books.

What is mind mapping??
Essentially it is the use of both your right (creative) and left (analytical) hand side of your brain. By applying my creative skills with the use: colour, drawings and the use of different formats of writing, it enables me to create a flow and tie the story together.

I am typically an average student; although I know that I have more potential, I get distracted very easily. By adopting these study techniques I feel that I have already cemented so concepts in my head and will be able to regurgitate appropriate responses for my exams.

Here is one of the mind maps that I have already drawn up; not a work of art I know but it seems to be helping. This is a summary of one of my lectures on "Food Systems" for my Nutrition unit. It does take a bit more motivation then I am used to and I have to stop myself from being lazy and getting distracted but I am trying.

Currently, I have a GPA (grade point average) of 4.95; with 1 the lowest and 7 the highest and I average about 65- 70% for exams. I am hoping this will really pick my GPA up and to potentially be able to get an average of 85% for exams.

With that being said, I better stop procrastinating and get back to work. Jamie always says to me that 20% of the work gives you 80% of the results- I just hope that this is the right 20%.


At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Gaelen said...

Hi Amanda,

I saw your entry on mind mapping. Glad to hear the concept has helped you as a student. If you're interested in testing out mapping software, you may want to check out MindManager:


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