Strategies In Studying: From Mind Maps To Outlines

Strategies In Studying: From Mind Maps To Outlines

Studying can be very complicated most especially if there comes a time that you have a lot to take into consideration of. Let’s say you have several chapters to read, lectures to review and handouts to browse for several exams you have for the next day. The question will always be how you will be able to easily manage understanding of information and organize them properly in your mind.

You may not have to worry much about information overload or not being able to understand your lessons and lectures. There can be very effective strategies that you can use to facilitate easy and organize accumulation of information in your brain. You should not be discouraged in studying just because you are finding difficulty. These are normal occurrences and eventually with the help of some things you need to consider you will be able to manage through your studies and eventually love them.

Studying starts from the moment you listen to your instructor or professor in his or her discussion. It is not something that begins just when you read your book and review on your own. It is a continuous process. When you are taking your notes, you can already apply different strategies so you can be able to facilitate quick and easy grasp of information.

Being Organized

When taking down notes, you should always write in such a way that information is systematically arranged. You can use different kinds of pens to be able to make it fun for you. Colors are also significant in studying. They can stimulate your brain to work and easily remember information.

Putting Art In Studying

For those visual learners, you can always associate your notes with pictures or drawings. You can try creating mind maps. Mind maps can be very convenient to use because they can only involve the use of keywords or main topics that you just have to connect to several other important points to be able to come up with the concept. It’s as if you are making a flowchart or you are translating you words into eye-friendly writings that can facilitate easy learning. This can also be very fun for those who enjoy doodling on their notes. Rather than wasting the chance at learning by doodling your notes with irrelevant material, you can always apply your passion for drawing to learning through the use of mind maps.

Making It Fun

When you are reading, you can try to use highlighters to make learning fun. By the striking colors of your highlighters that you can use to emphasize important points in long readings and notes, you can easily remember information. Also, when you are reviewing you lessons, you can always try to rewrite your notes. In that way, there is quick grasp of information because your mind easily learns the information you write. Rewriting is considered to be a very effective way of remembering information.

From these strategies that you can try to consider, there will be no reason to hate studying due to its difficulties. It is a normal part of the process and eventually you can find ways how to make it through them.

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