Map your mind
|trademark a diagrammatic method of representing ideas, withrelated concepts arranged around a core concept|
As mentioned before I make mind maps. In high school I would make them for geography, chemistry and biology. They were hot property, teachers loved them, and my peers used them.
I guess I never realised that I was being a true science communicator.
And the best part it, I LOVE making them. I get such a kick from the process. I write up the notes in rough, go over them again, looking up anything I find tricky or unclear. Finally I start with black pen and follow my instinct. I draw, scribble and write till the page is complete. Then I colour in with felt tips, using colours I already associate with the topics on the page. I rarely need more than one page per allocated content and I never get lost.
To you, it may look like a mass of colour and complicated biology words, or maybe just art.
To me, I see knowledge and a clear path of thought.
I made this nutrition one for my year 12 A Level biology. It was one of the 6 major topics for my penultimate exam. I started with the title, and moved down to cover protein, carbohydrate, and lipid digestion. along with the diagram of the cross section of the intestines. The vitamin reabsorption down to liver. I finished on control of dicestion and small intestine and colon.
Its amazing, I made this map in early 2006 and I can still remember the process now.
So whether you are like me and like pretty colours, or whether you need to think of a new way to learn (or communicate science) give mind maps a try.
It worked for me.