Improve your note-taking and creativity
Right now tens of thousands of students around the world are
taking lecture notes in a completely inefficient way: writing them
down line by line; or, in some languages, column by column.
But the brain does not work that way. It does not store
information in neat lines or columns.
It stores information like branches on a tree – on branches
It also stores information by patterns and associations. And to store information the way your brain does – British
psychologist Tony Buzan has invented Mind Mapping.
So don't take notes, make Mind Maps. And make them with
trees, with pictures, with colors, with symbols, with patterns and
Buzan himself, American writer Nancy Margulies (Mapping
Inner Space; Yes, You Can Draw), Swedish publisher Ingemar
Svantesson (Mind Mapping and Memory), and Singapore-based
engineer (Supervain) have written excellent books on the
subject, complete with detailed instructions.
But the main principles are summarized very simply in the
world's biggest-selling nonfiction book of 1999, The Learning
- Imagine your brain cells are like trees, with each one storing
related information on its branches.
- Now try arranging the key points of any topic on a sheet of
white paper in the same treelike format.
- Start with the central topic – preferably with a symbol –
in the center of the page, then draw branches spreading out from
- Generally record only one word and/or symbol for each point
you want to recall – one main theme for each branch.
- Put related points on the same main branches, each one
shooting off like a new subbranch.
- Use different colored pencils or markets for related topics.
- Draw as many pictures and symbols as you can.
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