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An Effective Study Tool for the Organisation of Thoughts — the Mind Map

In recent years, the mind map has become a hot learning method. Briefly speaking, a mind map is a diagram of interrelated knowledge points. This method can strengthen your comprehension and memory by deepening your understanding of the links between knowledge points and the logic of the whole knowledge system.

Generally speaking, art subjects more relay on a mind map. Take History as an example, a mind map can link all the historical timings, presenting the related big events more directly. At the same time, all the celebrities, significance and effects related to those events are shown as well. Since the abstract words are transformed into lucid pictures, this method will make learning much easier.

Here list the common-used mind map softwares for your reference:

1. x-mind
2. Kity minder 
3. mindmaster

All those softwares have their own features, you can deplore them according to your own needs.

What are the key contents of a comprehensive mind map? First is the theme of the map, such as the timing “1921”. Then add the linking lines, and record all the events related to the founding of the CPC along them. Do forget to list those evens by proper sequence (the main reason, the partial reason, the root, etc.) After the edition of texts, decorate and polish the whole map. Then you will get a complete mind map.  

How to use a mind map? I think there are two key points:

① Use it to figure out the knowledge framework. For the knowledge points containing many details, a mind map will present them more clear and direct. 

② Use it to strengthen your memory. For most people, pictures are more impressing than words. Therefore, many of them use the mind map to help memorise.