It’s been a while since I’ve written a post for my Study With Soph series, and I’m bringing it back today with a post I’m super excited to share with you all – it’s how I’m making my mindmaps! If you know me, you’ll know I love to use mindmaps to revise from; they’re bright and colourful, they have all the key info in the right places and they’re so great for subjects with loads of content like history and science (I use mindmaps mainly for these subjects). If you want to see the types of mindmaps I recommend for revision, then check out this post from a while ago, where I chat through ordinary mindmaps and black and red ones!
Before I start on the post, here’s a list of all of the posts in this series if you haven’t read them yet!
HOW I MAKE MY MINDMAPS
I’m focusing on normal, content mindmaps here as opposed to black and red mindmaps which I’ve discussed before (I use them closer to exam season!). Below is a mindmap I’ve created for the Hungarian Uprising, which is part of my Cold War history course.
I’ve chosen a colour scheme for the mindmap, and used my purple mildliner throughout. This is a messier mindmap, not my nearest, however remember; your revision doesn’t have to be neat, you’re supposed to be learning from it, not getting excited over the aesthetics! Anyway, I used a purples mildiner and a zebra Z-grip pen (medium nib), which is my favourite pen – it’s so comfy!
I start out with my title in the middle, and I draw a bubble. I then do arrows off to any other titles in relation to the topic, and write my info around them with further smaller arrows. I like to use arrows between concepts to link them, or arrows away from one piece of info to develop on it. I highlight the titles in the same colour as my mildliner. I used the Stabilo Boss Pastel Purple highlighter for key dates and info around the mindmap.
It’s important to paraphrase on a mindmap, otherwise you’re pointlessly writing out information you don’t need. I base mine off textbook pages, but I don’t actually copy every word. I usually go through and highlight the important bits before hand, and read the whole page to ensure I understand the content before I start writing about it.
When I’m doing a mindmap, I like to use lots of colour. I tend to stick to a couple on the same colour scheme for history, because that’s just how I like to visualise it. However, for subjects like geography, biology and other sciences, I go crazy with the colour as it helps memorise it really well. Sometimes I use A4 paper, other times I use A3 – it all depends on what I’m doing. You can see some more examples of my mindmaps below!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post/found it useful – even if it’s just the pictures for some study inspo! My GCSEs are in 50 days now (eek!) so I’m going to be revising loads more, meaning content for my blog will be less, but also probably more revision themed!