Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Different people learn in different ways. NovaMind can make a big difference to your understanding, memory and learning because the notes you create suit your personal learning style.

Watch this video to see how to use Mind Maps in this way

To be effective at note taking, it is best to first prepare by creating a Mind Map that shows what you already know about the topic. Add to your Mind Map the things that you think are going to be covered in the presentation or study. Next identify the things you want to find out and add those topics to the mind map so that your brain is focused and subconsciously looking out for that information.

Then during the talk or study session, note the ideas as they arise. Where you can, associate the ideas where they belong on the Mind Map, but if the information is coming too fast for that, just get the keywords down and you can organize it later. Remember that the most efficient storage of information on a mind map is through using keywords and the association between the keywords to represent the ideas.

Use the prior knowledge you had to hook in the new information, as well as identifying the new ideas and making sure you get the association between the ideas reflected in the structure, because this is how your brain remembers information.

Identify the gaps in your knowledge so that you know what you don’t know, and can ask the right questions to get that information. Work out what is missing. What don’t you know? What else do you need to understand and act on the information, and where can you get that information?

After the presentation has finished or the study session is over, review the information you have gathered, summarize it and reorganize it so that the hierarchy makes sense to you. If you need to memorize it, do the one hour, one day, one week, one month and one year scheduled reviews, as well as creating a copy of the Mind Map without looking at the original so that you can make sure that the information has really sunk in.

When you use a mind map, note taking feels compact and complete. An entire class or lecture can be seen at a glance. It’s an incredibly effective way to study, review, understand and memorize information, as you’ll see once you begin using NovaMind in this way.

About Mind Mapping

Mind Maps are diagrams that work the way people think -- they organize the information in the same way our brains organize information. They make it easy to understand, remember, and communicate complex information.

Our brains like thinking in pictures. The smooth curves and colorful pictures used in Mind Mapping create powerful images for your brain to remember.

Mind Maps cater to both logical left brain thinking and pictorial right brain thinking at the same time, which makes them a very good way of storing and recalling information, presenting things to other people, and brainstorming new ideas.

Contact Profile

NovaMind Mind Mapping Software

NovaMind has been the top Mind Mapping program available on Mac computers for the last 6 years, and is rapidly gaining recognition in the Windows market. NovaMind makes Mind Mapping intuitive and fun.

For more information about NovaMind, please visit or e-mail Gideon King at gideon(at)

Gideon King
P: 07 3806 3038


Watch this video to find out how to take notes in a way that will allow you to easily understand and remember the information using Mind Maps.


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