Now that the busy Christmas and New Year period is over, our routines are finally getting back to normal. January may already be in full swing, but how many of you are scurrying around trying to finish last year’s assignments? Misplaced work and inefficient planning means that we’re setting ourselves up for a fall before we head back through the school gates.
Make sure you leave your unproductive ways in last year’s books and make this term a success from start to finish. Execute assignments, track your timetable and maintain all your notes using iMindMap. Read on to see our top tips for starting a new school term on the right track, and set yourself up for a stress-free year.
Mind Maps are a great way to keep your schedule in order. Get prepared for busy timetables by creating a Mind Map of your lessons, assignments, extracurricular activities and revision, then identify where your time needs to be spent. Use Parent Branches to note down each day of the week. Then, add Child Branches for the topics you need to focus on. By allocating time to each subject, you can break down your workload and have a clear view of your priorities.
Use Icons such as coloured flags to help indicate the urgency of your workload and how much effort is required. Avoid distraction and collapse branches to ensure you’re focused on your timetable for today only. When a new day arrives, simply expand existing branches to view your entire Mind Map again.
Writer’s block can strike at any time, especially when you’re under pressure to start an assignment. Give yourself a kick-start by creating an essay plan with iMindMap. Use your Mind Map to break down each section of your essay and carefully consider each point that you’re going to make. A Mind Map’s radiating structure will help you spot unique connections that will make interesting discussion points in your essay. Your Mind Map can grow as large and in-depth as your topic requires. An unlimited canvas gives you a space for endless thoughts, ideas and associations, giving you a solid starting point for your essay.
iMindMap is not only a fantastic tool for students, but for teachers too. Teachers are often flooded by marking, lesson plans and school reports. It can sometimes be a struggle keeping track of it all. To limit the use of loose paper notes, use iMindMap to plan and execute memorable lessons for both you and your students.
Map out the key learning take-aways and any activities that you will be setting for your class. Resources are a vital part of being a teacher. Keep everything together by Attaching Files such as homework sheets or activity notes to branches to help keep your lessons in order. Create an interactive Mind Map by attaching Audio Notes covering the main points of the lesson and hit play to ensure you’ve covered everything in your lesson objectives. Then, switch to Presentation View’s captivating 3D mode to engage your class in an interesting topic and make learning more memorable.
Don’t forget to save your Mind Maps to ensure all lesson plans are easily retrievable. Then, save your finished Mind Maps as Templates to save time creating new lesson plans next time. Instead of starting from scratch, now all you’ll need to do is develop existing ideas.
Whether you’re a student looking to achieve more, or a teacher looking to save planning time and amplify every lesson, use iMindMap to help you get to the top of the class.
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