There’s a ridiculously simple method that can help you to perform better whether you are preparing for your final exams or preparing for your seminar presentation.
And once you know what it is, and how it works, you’ll want to kick yourself for not trying it sooner.
…In fact, you were using this method since you were a child.
But sadly incorrectly.
Remember your school days, this is how you probably used to read and take notes:
First, your teacher explains the matter with the help of a book and later you note down every single word on your notebook that your teacher spoke or wrote down on the blackboard.
I’m not going to lie to you, that old method literally sucks.
What if you could be more efficient with note-taking? What if there could be a method to make your notes more usable and comprehend?
Actually Yes, there is one.
You’d be pretty psyched, right?
Well consider yourself very lucky, that’s exactly what I’m going to share with you in this post.
Read on to find out…
But First, a Quick Review…
Do you often get stuck in the middle of an examination or forget a speech halfway?
Sure enough, you had experienced this moment once.
But ever wondered why?
There are only two things:
…First, you just didn’t know HOW to take notes…
…Second, you didn’t know WHY notes are essential…
Well, today I’m going to make it easy for you.
I’ll show you everything there is to know about Note-taking.
Notes actually act as a helper, it makes you easier to concentrate on important areas of the subject while ignoring the irrelevant part.
And as notes are your OWN unique interpretation, so are easier to understand as well as easier to revise at the time of exams.
In other words: Note-taking ROCKS.
I Remembered Nothing, What I heard in Class
Have you ever felt:
You know nothing that you have learned in the class.
No wonder, it happens with most of us.
There could be many possible reasons such as:
…Lack of concentration.
…The subject was boring.
…The subject was complicated.
…You were tired.
…And MOST possible- you were busy in gossips with your friends.
Whatever the cause, you have one simple solution- Notes.
In other words: Note-taking ROCKS again.
Hey! I have Class Notes
When sitting on the last bench you were engaged in chit-chat, there were some students taking notes.
They are all time teacher’s favorite students.
They are so called First Benchers.
A quiet word in your ear: In real those notes are useless- just waste piece of a paper.
Do you want to know Why?
Keep reading. Here is how they make notes:
First Kind (Most Loved by Teachers): These are the students who love to write every single word that the teacher himself narrated with the help of a book.
…And when they were busy in this process, they were actually losing the central theme of the subject and gathering unnecessary information.
Second Kind: These are the students who love to write the content same as the first kind but in a different manner using arrows and dots.
…Logically they were creating everything but nothing.
Third Kind (Most Hated by Teachers): Perhaps YOU could be one of this group. These are the students who rarely take notes rather they rely on above two’s notes.
…But let me tell you; as the notes are not your own interpretation, these are useless.
A Quick Suggestion: Don’t waste your precious time on just sitting and doing nothing. Separate yourself from the above kinds and see the results.
You’re Stupid If You Underestimate Your Mind
What do you think?
Who is actually responsible for effective note-taking?
…Your teacher or you?
Unfortunately, it was never your teacher nor you.
You’re probably wondering:
“Damn, so who is liable then?”
It’s a little thing called MIND…
You’ll know soon, how big is this little thing.
Here’s how a brain thinks and make decisions:
- A brain contains neurons which act as working part of a computer.
- A neuron then contains an axon and dendrites.
- Neurons then make connections with other neurons when axon of a neuron sends the message and dendrites of another neuron to receive the message.
You’ll be amazed to know that:
A brain contains about 10,000,000,000 neurons and a single neuron can make around 1,026 connections.
Conclusion: Your brain is BOUNDLESS.
You Could Be Left-Minded or Right-Minded
What do you think:
How many brains do you have- one or two?
Yes, you’re right, you have only one.
Actually, your brain has two parts: left hemisphere and right hemisphere.
Which together work as a single.
In other words: Two Brains in One.
A hidden truth: Your right side of the body is controlled by the left brain and the left side of the body is controlled by the right brain.
Pretty amazing right?
Did you ever imagine: Why you always use only your single hand for all activities like to write, eat and throw a ball.
Why your one hand is powerful and other is weak?
You probably know, most people (about 90% of the population) are right-handed.
And it is all about your BRAIN- left hemisphere or right hemisphere.
Wanna know which side of your brain is more dominant?
Let’s do a TEST.
Here is the test: You need to answer the following questions one by one. This test contains 10 optional questions- with option A or B. You need to select one appropriate option.
1. During exams You prefer to learn:
a) In Details- Basic first
b) Just an overview of subject
2. When sitting you cross your legs your:
a) Right leg is above
b) Left leg is above
3. You can calculate accurate time passed to read a paragraph without looking at a clock.
4. When reading or studying, you Prefer
a) Total quiet
b) You can read in noise too.
5. At school, you preferred
6. You remember road maps easily.
7. When you are asked to write a report on a subject, you……..
a) Research information then outlines and organize your writing.
b) Work in your own self-inspired direction.
8. You like to do…..
a) One task at a time.
b) You are multitasking
9. You remember phone numbers easily.
10. You remember faces easily.
Here is Your Result+
You might be curious to know which side of your brain is more dominant.
Here’s the deal:
You need to total the number of your each answer.
That is the total number of [option a] and the total number of [option b].
[option a] are more selected by the left-brained and [option b] are more selected by the right-brained.
Now you need to multiply these numbers with 10.
And you are done.
For example: If you have selected [option a] 7 times and [option b] 3 times then you are 70 percent (i.e. 7*10) left-brained and 30 percent (i.e. 3*10) right-brained.
Most people use one side of the brain more than the other.
And No one is totally left-brained or totally right-brained.
Just as you have a dominant hand, dominant eye, and even a dominant foot, you probably have a dominant side of the brain.
RATHER both hemisphere has different attributes.
If you are left brained, this means:
…you are Logical
…you are analytical
…you are sequential
…you are linear
…you are methodical
…you enjoy maths more
If you are right brained, this means:
…you are visual
…you are imaginative
…you are perceptive
…you are rhythmic
…you are creative
…you enjoy arts (music, dramas) more
Still confused about Right and Left?
Want to know how both left hemisphere and right hemisphere work individually together?
Ok SEE the chart and say the color, not the words.
Unable to Complete the Task?
Actually, your right brain is trying to say the color.
But your left brain is insisting on reading the word.
…This is left-right conflict.
What if you could use both left and right brain at the same time perfectly?
Let me remind you of a person- the most brilliant person ever; he was Albert Einstein, best known for E=mc2 and many other scientific theories.
The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein’s brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his brilliance.
He was able to take the advantage of both sides of his brains.
His brain works more than 10% of the human brain.
So, what are you waiting for?
Here’s The Craziest Part…
At this point, you’re probably wondering:
“OK, I’m ready to try The Note-Taking Technique. But what the heck is that?”
It’s a simple.
Easy to implement.
It is called: Mind Mapping.
…A Mind Map is a diagram you create yourself to organize your thoughts easier.
It’s literally the BEST note-taking practice on the internet…
Today I’m going to show you everything there is to know about Mind Map.
First, I’ll show you how beneficial this technique is and then the exact step-by-step process you can use right now.
Let’s dive right in.
The Mind Mapping Technique (An Insight View to The Benefits)
Mind Mapping is the best option for those who are not gifted with the power to innovatively think.
There are countless reasons why you should use this.
Whether you are in school, college or in professional field; Mind Map can be your secret weapon in any situation.
Want to know how?
Here are some reasons:
1) Less Space:
You were using a linear note-taking technique from your childhood and still using it Today.
But there was one problem:
…Linear Notes take too much space and are no efficient.
Remember your days in college when a single lecture can take pages of pages of notes.
In the effort to catch important ideas, you used to write everything.
Mind Mapping Technique can lower your effort and can solve that one problem.
2) Simple and organized Information
Our thoughts are so instant and independent.
Mind Map helps you to connect every important thought and organize them in a single paper.
Which is later easy to retrieve when needed.
There is no need to search document to document for the information.
3) More Information for Long Term:
Using the old method of linear note-taking.
You were writing down everything.
That results in LOT of information.
…A lot of unnecessary information.
And that information you couldn’t store for long term.
Mind Mapping helps you to transform that LOT of information to very LITTLE.
And you can now store hugely optimized data for long-term.
You are just introduced with some major benefits of Mind Mapping.
What if there are more?
Be Happy, You are going to experience them all soon.
Just follow these steps.
The 3-Steps to Using “The Mind-Mapping Technique” For Quality Note-Taking
Here’s the deal:
If you’re serious about getting results soon, there are 3-steps you need to know:
Step #1: Draw an image of your central main idea of the subject.
Step #2: Radiate the main themes from central images like branches and label each branch with unique keywords and shape.
Step #3: Split each branch into further sub-branches and label each sub-branches with unique keywords and shape.
And BAM. You’re done.
The best part?
This works everywhere whether attending lectures, preparing presentations, revising for exams or preparing essays.
Now that you understand how The Mind-Mapping Technique works, it’s time to dive into today’s step-by-step study.
Step #1: Start With a Central Image
You need to start with a Central Image- the main idea of the subject.
But before getting a start, you need a large Blank PAPER.
I recommend you to use WHITE paper of A4 size.
Avoid using lined papers.
Now turn the blank sheet in LANDSCAPE orientation.
…And here’s the real deal starts:
A Central Image is the foundation of any successful Mind-Mapping.
But how do you know if your Central Image is going to be perfect?
That’s easy: Draw the first image that comes to mind on the topic you are mind mapping.
When I told you about the Note-Taking technique- Mind Mapping.
What was the first thing you thought about?
…To learn the Mind Mapping.
That was your motive. Right?
Your MOTIVE is itself your central image- the main idea of the subject.
And you are done for STEP #1…
Once you’ve identified the Central Image, it’s time for step #2…
Step #2: Subdivision of the Central Image
After you know exactly what the Central Image in your subject is, it’s time to figure out the branches for your Main Idea.
These branches are the main themes of the central idea.
Consider ENGINEERING as the central idea.
Then the main themes (branches) of the Engineering could be:
Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Automobile, and Electronics.
There are some guidelines for this step.
1) Use keywords to describe the branches:
Keywords are the words which perfectly describes the subject material and are easy to remember.
For example, word Automobile relates to the category of all vehicles.
…A keyword should be used only once in the whole mind-mapping process.
The use of keywords triggers connections in your brain and allows you to remember a larger quantity of information.
2) Use symbolic shapes to describe the branches as often:
It’s easy to remember the computer branch with an icon of a computer.
OR an icon of a car can easily represent the branch Automobile.
Images are more powerful and impact more than a word and are easy to recall.
3) Use different colors for different branches:
Linear notes are written with very dull manner usually with the color blue and black.
Which is easily forgettable.
Utilizing distinct color for each branch not only add more interest but also separate out the ideas.
Once you’ve identified the Main Branches, it’s time for the final move- the step #3…
Step #3: Split Each Branch into Further Sub-Branches
Your next step is to segment branches into sub-branches.
Sub-branches are the branches of the main branches.
If Engineering is the central idea and Computer Engineering is its branch.
Then SUBJECTS related to Computer Engineering could be its sub-branches.
Such as Java, Data Structure or Networking could be taken as sub-branches.
Important Note: You need to follow the SAME guidelines as Step #2- Labeling sub-branches with keywords, colors, and symbolic shapes.
Wait, There’s More (Most Exclusive Part)
Do you remember?
At the beginning of the article, I promised you that I’ll show you everything about Mind Map.
And I made my promise done.
Still confused with The Mind-Mapping Technique?
I textured a Mind Map that walks you through the entire process of Mind Mapping.
Mind Map for Mind Mapping- Sounds Cool! Right?
Here is it:
You’re probably thinking
Where does Mind Mapping Work Better?
Here is your answer:
It works When you are:
At home Reading a book.
Attending lectures at college.
Planning a trip to a new place.
Attending group discussions and interviews for your new jobs.
Giving your final presentations to your seniors and colleagues.
I don’t want to be tricky.
…Mind Map is so versatile that it works uniquely everywhere.
Now It’s Your Turn
I probably don’t need to say this, but I will anyway:
If you’re serious about note-taking you NEED to try The Mind Mapping Technique.
I want you to do a task.
Don’t wait! Bring your favorite book; choose the desired chapter and start making a mind map.
To make the process super-simple for you, I’ve created some guidelines to follow:
Move #1: To choose the relevant chapter just search in the INDEX of the book. Once you found the desired chapter start reading the chapter but don’t read word by word. Just don’t look at unnecessary parts and focus on – the central idea.
Move #2: When you discovered the central image, make it your starting point. Try to read the chapter logically- ask yourself why this; make associations within the content.
Move #3: When you think logically; you’ll automatically start finding supporting keywords for mind map such as important dates, terms, names, etc. Make branches and number them to remember the order and keep adding the keywords to mind map.
Once you’ve done that, take a second and leave a comment.
I’d love to know what you thought of the post.
Have Fun !!