Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Science - Take Note: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Science - Take Note: Resources

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Mind-mapping helps to brand information in pupils' brains.

It is the usual problem: you want pupils to have some notes to help them study but a photocopied sheet will just be stuck in their books and never read.

Mind-mapping is an effective way of taking notes and remembering information, but it needs to be taught and practised regularly to become effective. Crucially, changing the form of information is what helps it to stick in your brain.

I introduce mind-mapping in my first lesson with a class. I build a mind- map about myself by way of an introduction. All my pupils now know I hate dogs and banks, support Nottingham Forest, love physics and enjoy listening to Anton Bruckner and Rush. I then get pupils to create mind- maps about themselves, making sure they use colour and illustrations to aid the thought process and make the mind-map more memorable.

You can use their mind-mapping skills in future lessons by putting notes on a PowerPoint set to "loop" and asking them to organise the notes into a mind-map. …

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