There is so much to consider when you are planning to take professional certification.
It can be overwhelming even for those of you who have the successful experience passing exams.
- are easy to create,
- are a professional tool,
- can hold big amounts of information,
- help you save time,
- improve memory,
- are extremely practical.
Here are 11 reasons to use them for your next certification preparation.
1. The easy way to simplify complex information
Your brain processes visual information far more quickly than text. It makes mind maps a fantastic tool during your certification preparation.
By organising information visually, it’s easier to understand tricky concepts and engage more with your learning.
2. More active learning
To be more efficient you need to be active learner. Your engagement with learning material is what sets you apart from those who simply consume content in a more passive way.
Mind maps not only give you a broad overview of your subject or study topic, they also help you to engage more with content by igniting your imagination and allowing you to combine words, colours and images to display the connections between important ideas or facts in a more visually appealing way.
3. Use mind map to create the study plan
When you decided to get one more professional certificate to your collection simply start with creating the study plan as mind map.
Try to use following ideas:
- Figure out what preparation materials are mandatory or recommended, worth to read, including exam outline, textbook, training etc.
- Define how much time do you have or plan to devote to exam preparation. Look through the textbook table of content or training agenda and put the sections to the plan as branches.
- Determine the number of hours you will have to study during the day and throughout the week. Be realistic and seek to balance your study routine with your social life and hobbies but also include time to rest.
- Understand your Routine. Choose the best time to study for you. Once you decide what works best for you, stick with it.
- Organize your time. Divide your study plan up according to the number of topics/subjects you need to have covered before your exams. For example, if you have 8 subjects and you have 2 months before the exam then study 2 subject per day and assign a day of the week for general exercises and rest. Start simply with Pomodoro technique (… link …).
- Schedule several recall sessions according to my recommendations (… link …).
- Prioritize your subjects. It isn’t mandatory to assign the same length of time for each topic, you need to prioritize by assessing the subjects you need to dedicate more time to than others. Give the subjects you find difficult extra time.
- Vary your study. You shouldn’t study the same subject for more than 3 hours at a time. After a long time studying the same subject, your levels of concentration will decrease much faster.
4. Take better notes
Please remember that simply taking notes isn’t efficient (… link …). Using mind maps to take notes and focusing on why questions, making a short portions would be great option.
Firstly, Mind maps are a great way to make notes on all of the information you receive. Mind maps make you to note down only the most important information using key words, and then make connections between facts and ideas visually – keeping all of your topic thoughts together on one sheet.
This makes note making easier, as it reduces pages of notes into one single side of paper. Having one visual resource to refer to makes everything easier. Then, when you come back to review your notes, you will remember the information more quickly!
Plus, with the mind map software, you can attach files, videos, documents and web links to your maps for information at your fingertips! You can add to these and edit when you revisit them for your exams.
When done, they are excellent to use during recall sessions.
5. Structure study material
By creating a mind map with the radial structure to plan your certification preparation you can quickly see the connecting topics, main paragraphs and structure.
You can also include such important exam details as: length of exam, number of questions, passing grade, testing center etc.
6. Use mind maps on recall sessions
With mind mapping simply review the notes you have made on each subject, and mind map the key information you need to remember.
To check that you have memorised this information, you can create a new Mind Map with only the main topic branches, and then fill in the rest from memory. You will find that you will have remembered more, and maintained the connections between ideas – ideal for answering exam questions!
7. Accelerate Group study
Group study can be a really nice way of sharing the knowledge. First, you should make an individual mind map of your thoughts on the topic, as this will focus your mind on your own ides and opinions – not all the others’!
Then when you join together, you can combine your ideas with your friends’, without losing your personal insights on the topic, creating a new mind map with everyone’s ideas.
8. Remember more details
If you’re struggling to remember key information, useful ideas and important facts, try using a mind map to give your memory a boost. Through the use of short, memorable keywords / phrases, mind maps chunk information into core themes, which trigger connections in the brain to help you remember more.
To recall specific pieces of information in your mind map, make them stand out using colour. Changing the colour of the branches links the visual with the logical and creates mental shortcuts to boost your memory. Adding images will also improve your ability to recall information. They’re processed instantly by the brain, so you’re more likely to remember them than long sentences. Personalising your Mind Maps with images and colours strengthens your connection with its content to help you remember every detail.
9. Overview of a topic in just minutes
Mind mapping is as intuitive as it is powerful, allowing you to break down even the most difficult of subjects and information into more assimilable, bite-size snippets.
It’s also extremely time effective, enabling you to create spectacular topic overviews in a matter of minutes.
Better yet, because it’s such a highly engaging and inventive process, you can enrich your understanding of the material in question even while you create.
10. Make sense of information overload
Try to use 5-7 words per branch, mind maps capture only the most important details, allowing you to consolidate large amounts of information into concise, clear notes. A Mind Map reduces reams of material into a single page, keeping all of your thoughts together. Having one visual resource to refer to makes managing large amounts of information easy.
You can attach files, videos, documents and web links to your mind map creations. The ability to insert items allows you to flesh out your mind maps and explore a topic in further detail, without the clutter. The additional information remains under the surface, so you can think clearly and freely.
11. Take control of your workload
When it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day, try using mind maps to streamline your tasks. It will take no time at all to draw up a quick mind map and it will save you a lot of time later on. In fact, mind mapping is proven to improve productivity by 20%. Use keywords to convey the names of those involved, deadlines or actions and prioritise tasks by colour coding your branches.
One look at your mind map will give you a clear perspective of what you need to accomplish. Having a bird’s eye view of the relevant information makes it easy to co-ordinate an array of tasks. Any scheduling overlaps or missing resources are immediately visible using a mind map, so you can avoid set-backs and conquer your to-do list on time.
You are able to understand the context of your learning material, visually represent the connections between concepts, explore concepts in greater depth and enjoy better recall.
Just take a look on mind map I started with at the 1-st day of my preparation to CCSK certification.
Free up your mind. Use mind maps.
Make a mind map of your next professional certification and share your mind map in comments below.