Starting with law: An overview of the law
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9.4 Mind maps

Mind mapping or spider diagrams have become popular in recent years. If you haven't tried this way of making notes, it is well worth a try. When making a mind map, you generally put the central topic in the middle of the page and then arrange the different aspects of the topic around it.

However, you can give free rein to your creativity with mind maps. There are no hard and fast rules. Try experimenting with different colours or even pictures if you have artistic skills. Mind maps do give you a clear visual representation of the relationship between points or ideas and many people find that the effort that they put into constructing a mind map is enough to fix the information in their memory.

Figure 3 shows a simple mind map. Figures 4 and 5 show more detailed versions.

Figure 3 A simple mind map
Figure 4 Some more information
Figure 5 Lots of detail
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