Should I Study Everyday?

Is studying on a daily basis the right thing to do? Let’s explore! I will show you why I think this is true, and what the double growth principle is

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Mind Mapping Techniques For Students – a practical approach

You probably read more than one article about mind mapping. Perhaps you even created mind maps! Did you notice that a good mind map helps you to outline your information fast and easy?The number one reason people stop using mind maps is not because it is too easy to use them. It isn’t that you benefit

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How To Make Mind Maps For Studying?

So you heard about mind mapping and thought it would be smart to learn more about it. Great! I will share with you everything you need to know to start using mind maps for studying. “A picture is worth a thousand words”People are very visual creatures. We can process information better when we see it. That is why

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How To Increase Study Efficiency (3 Tips That Actually Work)

The main reason most people are not studying efficient is because of 3 things. These are: study sessions that are not focused, an unsupportive study environment, lacking smart study skills. When you improve just these three things, you become much more efficient in studying. Let’s have a closer look at them, and how you can use

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5 Study Room Essentials Every Student Should Have

The 5 things every adult learner should have in their study room are: a clean desk, no distractions, enough light, the right tools at hand, and it should be easy to get started. When you have all of these essentials in your study room, you are ready to get started!(In this article I am not talking

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How To Memorize Anything

Next time you want to memorize anything from your book or notes, make sure you connect it to something you already know well. The glue that binds the information perfectly to your existing knowledge is called emotion.Recalling that new piece of information is easy from then. You simply have to go back to your familiar

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What Is A Good Study Routine?

A study routine is a guide that will help you to transform information in your book into knowledge you can use. Depending on the learner, book, time of day, and available time, there can be many different study routines. It is up to the smart adult learner to pick the best routine for that moment. 

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How Important Is Reading Speed?

To study faster, you would think you simply have to read faster. The way you are currently reading is limiting you in studying faster, right? So the simple conclusion should be to learn how to read faster. But is that truly the case? Let’s dive deeper into this and show how you can cover more pages,

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How Many Hours A Day Should You Study?

As adult learners, we don’t have a lot of time for studying. We have to manage work and a family and social life. And then there should be time for studying… But how much should you study per day? This is exactly what you will learn right now. One of the best things about being an adult

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What Is The 80/20 Rule In Studying?

The 80/20 rule in studying is what sets smart students apart from regular students. The student who applies the 80/20 rule will be able to study faster, have a better understanding of their book, and does all of this in less time. In this article, we will investigate the 80/20 and how you can use this

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How Do I Overcome Negative Learning Experiences?

I had to study, but… Many people who go back to learning may feel hesitant because of previous negative learning experiences. I believe all of us have some reservations about certain topics. Is this because of the topic itself… or is there some deeper issue going on? Many people probably end up blaming negative learning experiences to

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How Can I Learn To Study Again?

Beginning to study after you stepped away from your study books can be difficult. Research shows it doesn’t really matter if you stopped studying for the summer holidays (link), or if you left school for decades. The short answer to how can I learn to study again is this. You learn to study again by studying.

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How can adults improve learning? (here are 6 ways)

There is one thing I see in the many adults I work with who go back to school. That is that they are so driven to succeed in their studies.That is no wonder. They take precious time from work and their family life and invest that in a study that may take 4 years to

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How Do I Study When I Don’t Have Time?

You can only spend your time once. When you don’t have time to study, you spend your time on other activities. Not having time is more a matter of priority than a matter of really not having time. Let’s explore how you can get more time to study.How to find time to study, when you

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How to Study at Home

It is increasingly important to know how to study at home. Online education is getting more and more real for adult learners. Besides tactics like smart reading, taking better notes, and improving your memory, there are two things even more important. Let’s dive in and have a look at them.How to study without going to

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What Is An Adult Learner?

The adult learner (or mature student) is someone who is working (full-time), has a family, and really wants to study again. This can be because he or she wants to get a better job, change careers, or feels more knowledge helps them in their current job. In short: we are talking about a person who has

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Declutter Your Mind Map By Using The Right Keywords

Declutter Your Mind Map By Using The Right Keywords

Do you know that most mind maps don’t really benefit the person who makes them? The biggest reason for this is that the mind map is too cluttered with information.  Let’s have a look at what you can do to declutter your mind map. The result will be a map that helps you improve clarity and understanding. Want to

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How to Share Your Mind Maps for Collaboration

How to Share Your Mind Maps for Collaboration

You created a mind map. Congratulations! So you like the share your mind maps with others? How would you do that?  Today you learn how you can share your mind maps to work on the content with others. Let’s dive in immediately.   A mind map is a great way to visualize information. You can outline a

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Experiment- Online Studying Made Easy

Experiment: Online Studying Made Easy

What are you studying? And how are you doing this? Life is changing rapidly for many people. To keep up with all the changes, you have to become better at what you do. You probably have to change your focus. Both probably require you to do some studying (or even get a degree in a new field!).It is great that more

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How To Start Mind Mapping On Your Computer In 5 Minutes

How To Start Mind Mapping On Your Computer In 5 Minutes

So you want to get started with mind mapping? And you are not sure how to get the best results fast? Look no further. You found the solution. In the next five minutes, I will help you to get started and make your first mind map. You will learn the exact steps that make you feel

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How To Benefit Most From Your Daily Study Time

How To Benefit Most From Your Daily Study Time

When I was a teen, I heard that we had to study as much as possible to grow and pass our exams. Studying seemed like something you had to do a lot. That was the way to learn and succeed. I did that for some of my courses. Mostly the ones that were difficult for me. You know,

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The 3 Mind Maps That Make Studying Easier

The 3 (Mind) Maps That Make Studying Easier

I received an interesting question from a member of our community. The question was about how to use mind maps to take your studies to the next level. I think there are three mind maps that you should use when studying. You want to learn new things. You have books to go through. You have work and

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How To Fix Boring Mind Maps in 1 minute 58 seconds

How To Fix Boring Mind Maps (in 1 minute 58 seconds)

Do you waste time creating good looking mind maps?  Or do you go with the most basic version of your map, without any color or images? A mind map offers nothing more than a different way of looking at your information.  Exactly this different viewpoint is what makes them so valuable.But many people waste time on

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Practical Creative Thinking Using A Mind Map

Practical Creative Thinking Using A Mind Map

 Creativity for me is being able to look at something from different angles. The number of viewpoints is an indication of how creative I can be.  When you have a problem, you need answers. How many solutions can you come up with that solve the problem? How skilled you are is sometimes a blessing in these situations. You know solutions

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How To Study One Hour Per Day

How To Study One Hour Per Day

 Let’s have a look at how you can study one hour per day. I believe you should do that. Yes, I am actually saying here that you should study for one hour per day.  We all have time to study. It doesn’t matter if you have 3 jobs and a family to take care of. From now on,

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A Practical Introduction Into Mind Mapping And Memory

A Practical Introduction Into Mind Mapping And Memory

Can you train to get a photographic memory?  Is such a thing even possible? And how can mind maps help you to improve your memory? These are all interesting questions. Especially for people who have a lot of information to memorize. Let me share with you my thoughts on the combination of memory and mind mapping. You also

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Mind Maps And To-Do Lists

Mind Maps And To-Do Lists

A couple of years ago I went to a company for an in-house workshop. I was teaching them about speed reading, memory, and of course mind mapping. During the break, I talked with a lady who had been mind mapping for a few years.  She asked me if I could have a look at some of

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What To Do With Too Many Details

What To Do With Too Many Details?

Taking the right notes is difficult. You not only have to figure out what to write down. You also have to make sure you don’t write too much. Or even worse… not enough information! What to do when you don’t have enough information, but you ended up with too much? Today you will learn more about that.Why

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Teach What You Learned

Teach What You Learned!

Of course, you have to put in the effort to read and study. This will help you to become better at your craft. You will grow by learning and combining information. But is this all you should be doing? No, you should be doing more. Let’s have a look at that.The ProblemMany people feel they should be

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HELP! I Don't Understand What I'm Studying

HELP! I Don’t Understand What I’m Studying

We all have this problem. When we study, we run into situations where we don’t understand what we read. Perhaps you experience this way right now. There are several things you can do. Let’s have a look at them and help you out of this situation. 11 Ways to help you understand what you studyMost of the time you

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What Is Your Recipe For Studying

What Is Your Recipe For Studying?

You have many, many recipes that you are using every day. Sure, you may have a recipe for baking a cake, your favorite Thai dish, or the best Margarita in the world. These are the recipes that you can think of when I talk about a recipe. But there are other recipes that you use. Let’s have

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Understand Learning with Mind Maps

Understand Learning with Mind Maps

A mind map can help you to understand your learning process. Let’s have a look at two important concepts in learning.  I’m talking about the Circle of Competence and the Four Stages of Learning. Today we combine these two with mind maps. It will help you to make your learning experience even better. Let’s go!Two Important Concepts

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Create a Realistic Study Routine

Create a Realistic Study Routine

Studying can be hard, especially when you have to combine it with a full-time job and a family life. Other things often feel more important than your study. So you spend less time studying. That is what I often hear. Studying is one of the last things people do. The order is usually Work, Family & Friends,

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The Math Behind Brain-Friendly Studying

The Math Behind Brain-Friendly Studying

Math is something that scares a lot of people. Juggling numbers around can be scary. Still, I would like to do some brain-friendly math with you. Don’t worry, it will not be difficult. In fact, this will be the best math you enjoy this week! There are 5 important equations you should keep in mind when studying or working.5 Questions

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When Studying Makes You Feel Lonely

When Studying Makes You Feel Lonely…

(don’t worry, this starts sad, but the end is positive) There you are. Sitting at your desk with your books. You have to study, but you hear other people having fun in the other room. You feel tired, but you have to continue for a little while.  After graduating, things will change…I read that many (adult)

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How Much Time Do You Spend on a Mind Map

How Much Time Do You Spend on a Mind Map?

Do a Google search on the term “Mind maps”. Click on the images tab and be amazed! There are so many beautiful mind maps on that page! Here is a screenshot I created on my end of the internet: I think the people who create these mind maps have done an amazing job! Why would you create a really

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a mind map question asked

Do You Have a Mind Mapping Question?

When I do live workshops, or workshops online, I receive interesting questions from people.  Unfortunately, people visiting the website don’t like to ask questions, or they can’t find the contact page.  That is why today I have a simple question for you.   The question you put in the form below can be answered easily, but my response

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Study In The Morning Or In The Evening

Study In The Morning Or In The Evening?

Have you scheduled a fixed time to study? Do you study first thing in the morning?  Or is your studying taking place in the evening? Is studying perhaps an activity that you do after everything is done in and around the house?When most people studyMost people study when they have time.  This could be because they have a full-time

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transforming hand-drawn mind maps

Transforming Hand-Drawn Maps in Digital Mind Maps

 There is always a debate about whether you should use hand-drawn mind maps or digital maps. Today I found hand-drawn mind maps and created digital maps from them. Enjoy!Mind Map Transformation 1The first one is a map from the Mindmeister website.  Here is the original hand-drawn map:This is the digital mind map I created.Mind Map Transformation 2Map number

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Take Baby Steps To Achieve BIG Goals

Take Baby Steps To Achieve BIG Goals

The world we are living in has changed over the years. People want to have something as quickly as possible. It doesn’t matter if this is the latest iPhone or an answer to a question that feels important right now.  Like the song of Queen said: “I want it all, and I want it now!”.If now is not possible,

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mind mapping and minimalism

Minimalism and Mind Mapping

When you use mind maps, you probably like to combine minimalism and mind mapping.  Let’s explore how minimalism can be a wonderful asset to your mind maps and studying. (This is an introduction into this interesting topic of minimalism and mind mapping. Want to learn more? Let me know) A definition of minimalism is: A style or technique

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