Date: Friday (9/30/16)
Tomorrow's exam is derived from your FIB notes, Prezis, and videos shown in class. You can expect the following:
The CER question that will appear on tomorrow's exam is: Why is life diverse?
Due: Friday (9/30/16)
Students will review the properties of life by creating a visual representation of their content knowledge.
-Learn what a Mind Map is and how to make one
-Identify the 7-8 properties of life
-Create a Mind Map that has each main branch representing a property of life
-Evaluate the usefulness of Mind Maps as a study/review tool
What are Mind Maps?
Mind maps are organizational tools that visualize the relationships between chunks of information. Some research has shown that mind maps help boost memory, foster creativity, improve presentations, organize thoughts, and streamline the writing process. For us, we will focus on how to use mind maps to organize the wealth of information from the lessons, discussion, and videos as a way of studying smarter and not harder. By doing so, I hope to foster a skill that might prove valuable not only in college but also in your future careers. If this is your first time doing this, you may struggle with it at first or you may not see the value in it. THAT'S OKAY. I want us to try it out and make it a learning process for all of us. Anything worth doing isn't always easy, and I will do my best to provide examples and guide us through the process.
How to Get Started
*adapted from "How to Use Mind Maps to Unleash Your Brain's Creativity and Potential" by Melanie Pinola
Personally, I find that making mind maps are a great way to organize notes and information as a type of studying. Once that map is made, you can save it for large final exams for review. Some challenges will be that mistakes will be made or that it isn't as organized as you'd like it to be. I am not the greatest at hand-drawn mind maps because I can't pre-plan my thoughts so well, but digital mind maps fix this for me by letting me add/delete/move items as needed. Whether done on paper or through technology, mind maps are best when they work for you and fit your style. If you are struggling with organizing information and breaking things down, that's okay because this means you are really engaging with the material and are putting these content pieces together like a puzzle. Mind maps can take some time at first, but in my experience most students are able to make at least 2 main branches within 15 minutes. That's 2 major topics reviewed in 15 minutes which produces a visual review sheet - that's pretty efficient if you ask me. Just like working out your body or practicing an instrument, these mind maps are exercises for your brain and getting better takes time and practice. In the end, as long your mind maps make sense to you, that's more than good enough.
Past Student Examples
Image Credit: "MetabolicPathTreemap" by Julia Schüler
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