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Mind Mapping

Have you got any final lectures or presentations? Maybe you’re thinking about exam
revision. Well, have you thought about using mind maps and sun diagrams to help you with
these?

Here at 301 there is a fantastic workshop on Mind Mapping where you are given
information about the benefits of using mind maps and when to use them. Not used one
before or not sure how to make it work for you? Don’t worry! As part of the session, there
will also be ample opportunity for you to practice making one that works for you – both as a group and individually.

One of the key things to remember is to create a Creative Planning Cycle – basically, a
storyboard! Each stage is discussed and covered – from being a Dreamer through to a Critic
and critiquing your own work.

When we think of mind maps, we probably mostly associate them with revision aids, and
this is a great source for that but you can also use them for making notes in lectures and
presentations; a quick and handy way of making notes without having to write pages and
pages. They can also be used to organise your time – definitely a plus!!!!

Remember – it is always easier to remember things in chunks and mind maps, with plenty of colour, is a much better way than just plain, boring text! And if you learn better aurally, then there are also VARK diagrams – but I recommend you try mind maps too. Like anything else, practice makes perfect!!!

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We are 301 Student Skills and Development Centre and we give academic skills advice to our students at the University of Sheffield. We offer workshops and 1:1 appointments.

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