Author: Ian McAllister
More Graphics as a Powerful Exam Tool
While studying music, I had difficulty in recognizing the different classical forms, such as gavotte, sarabande, gigue etc. A single page was enough to show the family tree. The first branching was for the number of beats to the bar. I went into the exam knowing that that was one question for which I would get 100 percent.
You will notice an inconsistency in the word “speed?”. A great philosopher said that consistency is the refuge of small minds. He should probably have had his mouth washed out with soap!
|I’ve just used another free tool called treepad.exe that allows me to enter text articles at the end of branches in the tree. It’s very useful for writing articles, because you create nodes with your ideas as fast as they come to you, then write in your words of wisdom for each node.
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However keep your target in mind. You want to get your ideas down as rapidly and conveniently as possible. If you have five minutes to spare, by all means use it to remove an inconsistency if it bothers you. It won’t upset your memory (it might help it!) or how you organise your essays.
This section has the widest application. You will use it for notes at lectures, notes from books, and essays in exams.
An electronic designer will often make a prototype by soldering component leads directly to each other, without shortening the leads at all. That leaves plenty of room between components, so it is easy to solder more components into the space. It looks like a drunken bird’s nest – very messy and disorganized.
You can do the same while you are brainstorming. Put each new idea as far from other ideas as possible. When you run out of ideas, draw lines between ideas that you think should be grouped together. Then you can transfer them to a tree diagram once you have a logical arrangement worked out.
When you have a lot of isolated facts or “Can’t see the wood for the trees” arrange them for better understanding as follows.