Mind Mapping: A learning catalyst

 

The Key to Acing Competitions

The most common trait that differentiates a performer from others is the ability to perform on the day when it is most required. Considering the fact that our student selection process is much more complex owing to the humungous syllabus, remembering the information surely becomes an arduous task which is of utmost importance for performing. While this selection system is often criticized, its effectiveness has been proven time and again in the global technology arena wherein Indian engineers and doctors have a distinctive stature.

 

As the likes of JEE and NEET witness a selection percentage of 1 or even lesser, it is important to understand all extent of competition and the need for rote learning. Rote learning, has been considered as a degenerated practice and been rightly labelled as an undesirable learning practice which should not be promoted. However, the inadvertent usage of rote learning or memorization has been undermined. We often fail to acknowledge how important is the power of a good memory in building a strong concept base as well as how remembering augments leads to better understanding of concept.

Fluid Intelligence versus Crystallized Intelligence

Psychologists and Learning experts have characterized intelligence under two heads namely; Crystallized Intelligence and Fluid Intelligence both of which play an important role in determining the learning capability as well as the performance. While, the crystallized intelligence comes from memory, facts and experiential learning; the Fluid Intelligence is an outcome of ability to reason and solve problems through a deft approach.

While a young learner is likely to have a good amount of Fluid Intelligence, it is the crystallized intelligence that can make a difference in strengthening the learning. Owing to practically no exposure to the abstract world of science, memorization and/or visual models hold the powerful potential of boosting the Crystal Intelligence.

What is a Mind-Map?

A Mind-map is a powerful resource for long-term memorization & retention of concepts. Its purpose is to equip a learner for competitive exams held worldwide that mandate the student to have thorough memorization of concepts. Remembering, the various important checkpoints and the relation between these over a long time needs a very strong strategy.

Complementing learning with Mind-Maps

As the education and competition has evolved and grown multi-fold over the past decades, tools for enforcing memories have been employed by learners and educators. From videos to short notes or models, boosting the understanding has become very important to excel in the concepts and perform well in the exam. Well drafted mind maps can act as visually enhanced mnemonics that serve the dual purpose of strengthening the concept understanding as well as optimizing the time taken to revisit the concept.

Mind Maps for Revision

Taking into account the fact that, a student needs to be proficient in 100+ chapters for succeeding in either the JEE or the NEET, being able to revisit all the chapters during those last days is highly recommended. It is no less, an arduous task to revisit so many chapters during a month or so. While, a sincere and diligent student may have studied all the topics, it is very tough to maintain the same focus during the ultimate phase owing to the pressure. Mind map is an excellent self-help resource in such case.

How to draft Mind-Maps?

 

How to ensure the Mind-Maps are best used?

Competing in the exams like JEE, NEET or Civil Services requires a lot of information to be remembered accurately in order to score good. On an average, the students study 40-60 chapters in total before appearing in any of these competitive exams. It is practically impossible to study and revisit so many chapters in a month before the exam.

Mind-maps are therefore a very powerful source of revision because it helps one to:

  • Revisit all the critical checkpoints in the concept
  • Concept gaps identification 
  • Visually remember the complete concept/chapter
  • Last day revision