How to Take Notes with Mind MapsSubrina
Mind maps are powerful for not only for language learning, brainstorming but also note-taking. People always take notes for a speech, a meeting and a book review. Now we provide you with a novel method to take notes with mind maps instead of the traditional way by adding summary and excerpt in the sequence of each chapter.
You may ask why we need to use mind maps replacing traditional copy and extracting pattern. Previously, most of the people take notes for reading by highlighting the focus part and extract them down in content sequence. Gradually, weakness of this pattern appears that hardly can we realize the logic of the book especially its structure. It is difficult for learners to find connections among each part of their notes straightforward. However, the linear link of a mind map is designed for using one map to form an intuitive structure of one topic including a book so that each subtopic are logical and schematic under the theme of the main topic. Thus, readers may have a deep impression of what they have read for a long time by stimulation of colors, icons, and layouts from mind maps.
Following are steps of taking notes with mind maps for your reference.
1. Select the main topic of your mind map
The center of a mind map is its main topic, which is the soul of the whole book. There are various channels summarizing the main topic, such as by content of a book, reading the purpose and even points you are really interested. Reading notes should not be limited by the name of a book, for some reason, names sometimes are just arresting the attention of readers rather than pointing out the core theme.
2. Judge the content of a book
Order of content for a book is consist of chronological order, spatial order, and logical order, respectively. Sometimes chronological order and logical order are more frequently used. When you are drawing mind maps, you should think about which order you want to draw and whether to use content order or not. At this time contents suggest the layout of your mind map. If the original order of content can describe the topic, you can absorb so as to have a holistic concept of your mind map. But if the content is not suitable for your main topic, just ignore it and put forward your own thoughts.
3. List and link keywords
The reason why mind maps are more structural than traditional note-taking ways is that links are always reminded to set when keywords appear. When reading a book, mind maps require readers to refine key ideas rather than copy sentences as notes. In the meanwhile, links should be added to connect between the main topic and subtopics. For further branches, more details should be added to describe keywords for better understanding. Unlimited branches contribute to the better absorption of books the reader may get.
4. Restructure and sublimate mind maps
After reading the book, you might finish listing keywords and divergent them specifically. At this time, you need to refine the ideas and adjust some branches which are odd to somewhere more proper. Also in this period, readers need to regulate hierarchy to make maps more logical. Besides, another thing which can sublimate mind map is making comments under your comprehension. Your ideas towards a book will let this reading note more attractive and easy to memorize. Ultimately, you can decorate your mind mapping notes with colorful icons and images which are more intuitive to be remembered.
You may find there are many mind mapping notes sharing through social networks, you should draw one by yourself. Give a try, and you will enjoy the process of designing mind mapping reading notes.