Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Beyond just note-taking, though, mind maps can help you become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively. Whether you’re new to mind maps or just want a refresher, here’s all you need to know about this technique. 

A mind map is basically a diagram that connects information around a central subject. I like to think of it like a tree, although it has more of a radial structure. In any case, at the center is your main idea, say, poetry, and the branches are subtopics or related ideas, such as types of poetry, famous poets, and poetry publications. Greater levels of detail branch out from there and branches can be linked together.

Mind maps can be more effective than other brainstorming and linear note-taking methods for a number of reasons:

  • It’s a graphical tool that can incorporate words, images, numbers, and color, so it can be more memorable and enjoyable to create and review. The combination of words and pictures is six times better for remembering information than words alone.
  • Mind maps link and group concepts together through natural associations. This helps generate more ideas, find deeper meaning in your subject, and also prompt you to fill in more or find what you’re missing.
  • A mind map can at once give you an overview of a large subject while also holding large amounts of information.
  • It’s also a very intuitive way to organize your thoughts, since mind maps mimic the way our brains think—bouncing ideas off of each other, rather than thinking linearly.
  • You can generate ideas very quickly with this technique and are encouraged to explore different creative pathways.

What do you need to make a mind map?

Because Mind Maps are so easy to do and so natural, the ingredients for your “Mind Map Recipe” are very few:

  1. Blank unlined paper
  2. Colored pens and pencils
  3. Your Brain
  4. Your imagination!

When you use Mind Maps on a daily basis, you will find that your life becomes more productive, fulfilled, and successful on every level. There are no limits to the number of thoughts, ideas and connections that your brain can make, which means that there are no limits to the different ways you can use Mind Maps to help you. 

7 Steps to Making a Mind Map:

  1. Start in the CENTER of a blank page turned sideways. Why? Because starting in the center gives your Brain freedom to spread out in all directions and to express itself more freely and naturally.
  2. Use an IMAGE or PICTURE for your central idea. Why? Because an image is worth a thousand words and helps you use your Imagination. A central image is more interesting, keeps you focused, helps you concentrate, and gives your Brain more of a buzz!
  3. Use COLORS throughout. Why? Because colors are as exciting to your Brain as are images. Color adds extra vibrancy and life to your Mind Map, adds tremendous energy to your Creative Thinking, and is fun!
  4. CONNECT your MAIN BRANCHES to the central image and connect your second- and third-level branches to the first and second levels, etc. Why? Because your Brain works by association. It likes to link two (or three, or four) things together. If you connect the branches, you will understand and remember a lot more easily.
  5. Make your branches CURVED rather than straight-lined. Why? Because having nothing but straight lines is boring to your Brain.
  6. Use ONE KEY WORD PER LINE. Why Because single key words give your Mind Map more power and flexibility.
  7. Use IMAGES throughout. Why Because each image, like the central image, is also worth a thousand words. So if you have only 10 images in your Mind Map, it’s already the equal of 10,000 words of notes!

Essential Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools:

1. Mindmeister

2. iMindMap

3. XMind

4.The Brain

For inspiration, visit the Mind Map gallery page which exhibits great examples of Mind Maps done well for a range of topics and uses. 

how to learn meaningfully

learning should be about gaining knowledge for a lifetime advantage rather than just for a good grade, and I know that we all don’t learn meaningfully all the time but here a some general tips on how to do so:

1. take notes, you need to have a source of information for any topic that you would like to learn 

2. read your notes, practice problems, begin to master all related to the topic 

3. don’t have expectations to be completely knowledgeable on a topic in a few days, this takes months even years 

4. don’t stop studying your resources or notes , they will be a solid source of information for as long as you keep them

5. if you are attempting to really learn a school subject, don’t stop studying after you get a grade that wasn’t up to your standards, no one is perfect at learning, it’s called trial and error

6. practice the subtopics you’re bad at, you won’t every truly learn the material until you push through everything related to it, the good and the bad

7. if you’re a high school or college student, do not stop learning and studying when the school year ends 

8. remind yourself why you wanted to learn in the first place, remind yourself of the motivation that you began with 

9. as you become more skilled and informed, start to learn variations of the topics you started in to become even more well-versed 

10. be confident in what you have learned and studied, it’s taken a lot of hard work to learn something meaningfully, what an amazing feat 

hope these are helpful! 


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(2:28 pm // 25.04.16) Criminal Law notes. I swear this particular topic will be the death of me, we’ve only seen 3/13 subtopics and my notes are already 21 pages long. Studying for the upcoming test will be tough.

In other news: this semester ends in about a month so I’m getting swamped with tests, essays and seminars. I just had a holiday but I spent it organizing stuff and building IKEA furniture (after roughly 2 months the shipment with my things from Spain finally arrived).

Blue Coua (Coua caerulea)

…a charismatic species of cuckoo (Cuculidae) which is endemic to the island of Madagascar, where it occurs on the north-western and eastern parts of the island. Blue couas typically inhabit subtopical or tropical dry/lowland forests as well as tropical mangrove and montane forests. Like other cuckoo species, blue coua feed mainly on insects but are known to take fruits and small reptiles. 


Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Cuculiformes-Cuculidae-Coua-C. caerulea 

Image: Olaf Oliviero Riemer


{ Useful App #1: Eggbun - Chat to Learn Korean. }

Eggbun is an app where you can learn basic Korean for free, in a mobile-friendly, chat-setting! Yes, the lessons will be set like you’re chatting with someone~ Of course, you don’t have to worry because it’s all bot stuff. (I can’t even talk to real people on HelloTalk, and that’s where Eggbun comes in.)

This app is available on the Play Store here and the App Store here. I’ll be explaining each screenshots one by one. Please bear with me, hehe.

  1. That’s the app on the Play Store.
  2. The list of courses available! There are hangul lessons, number + counter lessons, classroom settings, even basic beginner conversations (of TTMIK)!
  3. The front page of a course you tap on. There are many subtopics/lessons on each course, and you can see your progress as it will be displayed on each course/frontpage (given that you sign in with a Google account first.)
  4. That’s how your lessons are taught; it’s as if someone is chatting with you! 
  5. Useful Culture Notes to help you learn more about the Korean culture and formal etiquette! They’re bite-sized but very informative.
  6. And that’s the front loading page. I just thought it looked nice, so I put it there, haha.

You can use this app for free, of course, but there are paid options as well. The option menu (which is not included here) will let you change the keyboard settings, buy the app pass if you’d like, or even to read about the creators of the app! 

I just found this cute app recently and I think it really needs more love. It’s very good for Korean beginners, but it can also act as a ‘test’ thing for some lower intermediate learners as well! Also good for people who are scared of real conversations (…people like me…), and I shall not mention why, haha. 

I’ll be making more of this ‘Useful App’ posts in the future as well, so stay tuned! Thanks for reading, have a nice day and happy learning!

{ korean language resources // japanese language resources }

I of course have a huge headcanon of Enj, Courf, and Ferre being badass at debates, with Enjolras spitting out facts and information, Combeferre providing the sources, and Courfeyrac bringing up more subtopics for Enjolras to pick up on so they don’t leave any area open for discussion. So they’re basically the dream debate team, but…
One of my huge E/R headcanons is that during one of their many heated discussions, in which Enjolras is defending his beliefs and Grantaire is contradicting them in nearly every way possible, some random person overhears and gets involved, supporting the “wrong” view and
And Enjolras turns to them and starts to argue with them and fucking Grantaire pops up behind Enj’s shoulder and brings in historical examples and fills in every hole E leaves because he’s too passionate to think straight and together they take down the other person’s stupid argument because jfc even R can’t defend that person’s views
It’s just really important to me

how i take notes in class

before class:

  • rule up the page, you may not have time in class so it’s preferable if your page is all ruled up nice and neat
  • right before class write the date + topic (if you know it)

during class:

  • take notes in just black pen, and underline/highlight afterwards
  • use different fonts to differentiate between the topic, subtopic, and just general cos it’s cute
  • in the margin use recall words, questions, etc. (kinda just treat it like the front of the flashcard
  • draw arrows to connect concepts! not only is it cute, it’ll help you remember them later (do them in colours so they stand out!)
  • don’t get too caught up on mistakes! whiteout is a saviour, and if you’re like me you’ll rewrite your notes into a prettier notebook when it’s time to study

after class:

  • summarise your notes in your own words and write down important points (how you summarise depends on the subject, personally in lote subjects i divide it into two sections putting words on the left and definitions on the right, with maths i write down important equations, english i just kinda jot down whatever concepts are the most important + reminders, science i do a strange mix of all three.
  • now’s the time to highlight and underline! awww yisss look at all these pretty colours
  • if you missed some you can write more ‘recall words’ into the left hand coloumn
  • cover up your notes with a piece of paper and ask yourself the question/if it’s a word try to say all you know on that word relating to that subject!

aaand that’s how i do my notes! i just pulled a bunch of ideas together from a whole lot of different posts, like really how you take notes is completely up to you. i like the cornell method because it’s easy to do, it works for lots of classes, and also it’s good for after class memorisation + revision. i hope this was helpful!


Initial notes on Ugly Duckling, part 1
[part 2 | part 3 | part 4]

The plan was to do one quick post on one thing about Ugly Duckling, but after I found a high-res screenshot to reference (thanks to it ended up as four posts on different subtopics. Oops. These are still more rough ideas and speculation than fully formed theories, but it turns out there’s a lot of stuff going on in that one screenshot.


In HLV, Lestrade stopped by Mycroft’s office to ask about Sherlock’s boltholes. Mycroft answered, but was pretty clearly more interested in whatever he was tracking with his laptop.

Let’s do the most definite thing first: whatever Mycroft was tracking was in Poland. Kind of near Warsaw, the capital.

The next easy-ish thing to check for is canon references for this location. The only one I’ve turned up so far is from A Scandal in Bohemia:

“The facts are briefly these: Some five years ago, during a lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known adventuress, Irene Adler. The name is no doubt familiar to you.”

“Let me see!” said Holmes. “Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year 1858. Contralto—hum! La Scala, hum! Prima donna Imperial Opera of Warsaw—yes!”

In the original stories, Irene Adler was an opera singer in Warsaw before coming to London.

At first I was fully prepared to say that may not mean anything since they did completely strip away Irene’s original backstory for BBC Sherlock, so it could be a meaningless connection. BUT on the other hand, they went out of their way to remind viewers of Irene in Series 3. And the mission code name on Mycroft’s screen is “Ugly Duckling,” which is a reference to a story about a swan. In TSoT, they shoved a swan and an opera house next to each other:

So… maybe it is a thing after all?

Woman or no Woman, this location probably means Ugly Duckling was the Eastern European mission Sherlock was being sent on at the end of HLV. Though by then, the target could’ve moved deeper into Eastern Europe since there were at least a few months between when Mycroft was looking at Poland on the screen and the end of the episode.

Oh, and one more note on location before moving on to the next post. While Sherlock was in the hospital, Janine visited him and showed the newspapers that had printed her story. One of the papers included a feature block that read “Eastern Europe Erupts”:

It was later that same day that Mycroft was focused on the Ugly Duckling mission. (Again, may not be anything. But it’s there.)

Purple-throated Euphonia (Euphonia chlorotica)

…a species of Euphonia (a group of brightly colored Neotropical finches) which is native to South America where it ranges from Colombia to Argentina. Purple-throated euponia typically inhabit subtopical or tropical moist lowland forests and like other members of their genus feed mainly on small fruit and insects. 


Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Fringillidae-Euphonia-E. chlorotica

Image: Dario Sanches

Hello guys! 
In about a month, starting March 1st we will begin the first Laito Appreciation month! It’s a fandom event and what would we be without you? Help us all out to make this a great thing! Partricipate with fanart, writings, edits or whatever you like.
You can find the prompts list under the read more. They are like little subtopics for each day to inspire you a bit~ And if you have ideas that aren’t mentioned in the prompts? Then you have the last day to make something of your own choice! 

If you should have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to ask! 

We follow the tags:  #laitoappreciationmonth, #LAM,  #LAM day 1, #LAM day 2, etc. so we can find your posts and reblog them, so everyone can see your fantastic works. Please tag them like that so we find them and also know for which day you did them, in case you are a bit late with something or anything!

Our Rules:

If you should go against the rules we will not reblog your post and highest probably also block your blog!

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anonymous asked:

couldn't see any kind of categorized archive for the research posts so I'm not sure if this hasn't already been asked, but: have you anything on the cold war? I'll take anything you've got, but I'm especially interested in a spread of subtopics including period-accurate race-gender-sexuality relations, government conspiracies real or unreal, and superhero comic books of the era, so if you have anything specific about those three it'd be even more stellar. thanks and sorry to bother!

Let me see what I can do! 

Comic Books During the Cold War:

Race, Gender, and Sexuality During the Cold War:

Government Conspiracies (Real and Fake) During the Cold War:

Please note that I cannot speak for the validity or opinions presented in any of the conspiracy articles; take them or leave them as you see fit. 

In this chapter, it didn’t have so many terms that I needed to memorise so what I did was that after reading a subtopic, I wrote down the stuff that I could remember. This time, I didn’t use post it notes because I needed lots of space where I could write so I used my notebook instead. 

This method seemed really to be working because it exercises my brain to remember things that I just read and there’s a high tendency that the things that I just read would be retained rather than just reading.

So whenever I review, I just read my notes written on my notebook or scan the book and try to recall what is that specific subtopic all about or I try to define the orange-highlited words. These words that are highlighted in orange are important terms that are needed to be remembered. On the other hand, the yellow ones are for the definition. So basically, I only use two colours of highlighters but I’m planning to use another colour for the lectures. But I still have to figure it out lol 

Basically, it’s just reading and writing. These two work perfectly!

I wanted to make a page, or group, in which people with social anxiety who have a difficult time making friends can communicate with each other. The trouble is finding said website? I was originally thinking some sort of forum site? Because something like a facebook group isn’t well structured and can reveal too much information for someone who isn’t all that comfortable sharing. Also, a forum site can make like subtopics, like interests or hobbies, that people can talk about and make the conversation interesting and easier to approach. Buuut, I never used a forum site nor know any that are easy to use. Perhaps you guys know of some that can help?

Help, I need sources! And other frequently asked questions.

Writing a paper on asexuality for class and not sure where to start? Want to do original research? Can’t find that article you heard about?Here’s some frequently asked questions that we’ve seen and some suggestions we have in response:

Q. I need to find academic works about asexuality but I can’t find any! 

A: Check out asexual explorations! The asexual explorations site has a very good bibliography of most of the relevent work that’s been done on asexuality, so it should be the first place you look.

Also, for finding academic articles in general, google scholar is a useful tool to look specifically for academic works only.

Or if you have a specific subtopic you’re interested in, feel free to message us and we can recommend anything we know of on the subject.

Q: My teacher specifically wants us to use books about asexuality, not just articles. Do you know of any?

Unfortunately there aren’t many books (as opposed to journal articles) that deal specifically with asexuality yet, but here are the ones we know of:

  • Understanding Asexuality“ by Anthony Bogaert (2012) - the first published academic book about asexuality. It also includes a pretty good survey of much of the work that had been done on asexuality at the time the book was published. There is a good chance that this may be in your library, and if not you can probably request it.

  • Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives”, edited by Megan Milks and Karli June Cerankowski (2014) - a collection of essays by several authors that relate to asexuality, mostly from queer studies and feminist studies. (As opposed to Bogaert’s book, which is more from a psychological and a bit of a sociological perspective). This book is on the expensive side, so I suggest looking for it or ordering it from a local library if possible.
  • "The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality”, by Julie Sondra Decker (2014) - this is not academic press book, so check with your professor if you want to use it for class (it won’t be a problem for high school papers, but some college professors prefer that you only use academic press books). Unlike the above books, Invisible Orientation discusses asexuality discusses asexuality from the perspective of actual asexual community members, rather than taking an academic approach.

In addition to the above books which have asexuality as the primary topic, there are also the following books, which contain at least one chapter about asexuality:

  • The Sexually Oppressed”, edited by Harvey L. & Jean S. Gochros (1977). - although most of the books is about general sexuality and not asexuality, there is one chapter - “Asexual and Autoerotic Women” by Myra T. Johnson - which is almost prophetic in it’s description of asexuality (though they use “asexual” to refer to what we might call nonlibidoist asexuals and “autoerotic” to refer to what we might call libidoist asexuals), esp. considering it was published almost 25 years before asexual communities started coming together. This book is out of print, but libraries at larger universities will likely have a copy.
  • “Social Justice, Equality and Empowerment: Sexual Minority Research in the New Millennium” (2012) - this book includes two chapters about asexuality: “How Do You Know You Don’t Like It If You Haven’t Tried It? Asexual Agency and the Sexual Assumption” by Mark A. Carrigan, and “Asexuality: An Emergent Sexual Orientation” by
    Stephanie B. Gazzola & Melanie A. Morrison.

Q: There aren’t enough academic articles on the topic I’m interested in - what else can I use if I need more sources?

A: Depending on the topic of your paper, you have several options you may also be able to use as primary sources:

  • The front pages and FAQs of places like AVEN and AAW can be cited when discussing community definitions of asexuality and asexual terminology.
  • Newspaper articles or radio or television interviews about asexuality may also be useful: the AVEN wiki has a very good collection of media coverage.
  • Asexual blogs and posts on places like AVEN forums or tumblr can be used as primary sources for things like historical or sociological discussions of asexual communities.

There’s also the AVEN Census, which was a community driven research project that collected a lot of data on the asexual community. (Please remember, though, that this was community research, not formal academic research, when you decide how to write it up). 

Q: I found an article I want to use but it’s behind a paywall - what do I do?

A: First, talk to your librarian! If you’re at a college or university, your school may have a subscription to the journal that will allow you to get a copy for free; and if they don’t already have them they may be able to order things in for you.

Even if you’re not affiliated with a university, though, don’t despair! Public libraries sometimes have access to academic databases like JSTOR or ProQuest that may give you access to certain articles; and librarians will always be able to give you good advice on how to find things.

And if none of your libraries have access, you can also often contact the author of a paper (using an email listed on their university pages, for examples) to ask if they can give you a pre-print copy.

Or, if you have a friend or you know someone who has a friend at a university you can always ask around to see if they have access. (feel free to message us here as well!)

Q: I’m not working on any specific project but I’m interested in following current research on asexuality. What should I do?

A: First, check out this post! It has a list of several resources around asexuality and academia that may be useful.

In addition, you can also set up google alerts to send you emails whenever a new paper is added that mentions certain keywords (for example, asexuality). You’ll want to tailor your keywords carefully though to avoid getting dozens of emails about things like asexual subspecies of orchids and asexual reproduction in amoebas and other unrelated mentions of “asexuality”

And of course, there’s also this blog!

Q: I want to do original research on asexuality. Any advice?

A: First, see again the intro to studying asexuality post! 

Second, you should definitely check out AVEN’s research guidelines - in additional to several links to resources that we recommend burgeoning researchers read, it also outlines AVEN policy for researchers who would like to use data or recruit participants from AVEN (which you’ll likely want to do, if you’re doing participant based research, as AVEN is the largest contact point for the asexual community outside of perhaps tumblr). The open letter to researchers especially is a good starting point.

If you want to use AVEN, we also suggest getting in touch with the Project Team as early in your research process as possible, as they will have a lot of suggestions from prior experience working with researchers that are easier to implement when you aren’t too far along in your project.